De­vel­op­ment plans ques­tioned

Ridge Park Civic mem­bers raise con­cerns about pro­posed projects at 343 Foun­tain St., 6526 Ridge Ave.

The Review - - Front Page - By Kier­sten McMona­gle

ROXBOR­OUGH » The Ridge Park Civic As­so­ci­a­tion met Tues­day, Sept. 12, at the Fifth Po­lice District Build­ing to dis­cuss com­mu­nity up­dates, up­com­ing events and zon­ing pro­pos­als and re­quests.

Among those prop­er­ties dis­cussed was 358-360 Cin­namin­son St.

This prop­erty was ini­tially pre­sented at May’s meet­ing, after which the civic as­so­ci­a­tion asked the de­vel­oper, PRDC Prop­er­ties, to come up with a new pro­posal that ad­dressed their con­cerns.

The de­vel­oper has pro­posed a 18-unit town­home de­vel­op­ment. The pro­ject re­quires zon­ing a vari­ance to al­low mul­ti­fam­ily res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion at that prop­erty and a waiver for the re­quired steep slope pro­tec­tion.

While the de­vel­oper did not at­tend last weeks’ meet­ing, mem­bers of the civic as­so­ci­a­tion’s board up­dated the com­mu­nity, say­ing the de­vel­oper’s re­quest for ap­proval of the stormwa­ter man­age­ment plan was de­nied.

At this time, no fur­ther up­dates were avail­able.

While the prop­erty at Cin­namin­son Street took cen­ter stage at May’s meet­ing, sev­eral other pro­pos­als were brought to the fore­front dur­ing this month’s meet­ing. Specif­i­cally, de­vel­op­ers for two dif­fer­ent prop­er­ties pre­sented their pro­pos­als for de­vel­op­ments at 343 Foun­tain St. and 6526 Ridge Ave.

The de­vel­op­ers for each of these prop­er­ties dis­cussed their pro­pos­als, fol­lowed by in-depth ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sions with com­mu­nity mem­bers.

While the specifics of each prop­erty vary, con­cerns were sim­i­lar for each. Traf­fic con­ges­tion, limited park­ing and up­hold­ing the his­toric ap­pear­ance of the Ridge Park area were at the fore­front for the ma­jor­ity of com­mu­nity mem­bers at the meet­ing.

Ul­ti­mately, vot­ing for each of these prop­er­ties was post­poned, pend­ing up­dated pro­pos­als from each of the de­vel­op­ers.

Be­yond de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als, the meet­ing also played host to Matt Wysong, the North­west Philadel­phia com­mu­nity plan­ner at the Philadel­phia City Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Wysong dis­cussed the plan­ning com­mis­sion’s re­cent zon­ing re-map­ping of Ridge Av­enue, ex­plain­ing, “We main­tain a zon­ing map of this area that tells you what you can do with your prop­erty and how you can do that.”

Wis­ing told mem­bers in at­ten­dance, “We’re look- ing to bring some sense and or­der to the de­vel­op­ment that is oc­cur­ring in this area.”

The Ridge Park Civic As­so­ci­a­tion will re­con­vene Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Fifth Po­lice District Build­ing.

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