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  • The Review, Neducsin Blasts
    the explosion and ensure her safety if she moved to the curb which she did After a series of phone calls and discussions Councilman Michael Nutter was successful in staying the explosion until further inquiry could be made as to the safety of the operation For Brill Downs and her neighbors safety was only one concern He Neducsin had specifically said at several community meetings regarding this project that there would be no blasting said Brill Downs He even testified to that effect at the zoning board hearing The two day stay allowed the residents and the larger community to rally calling meetings and gathering information from experts from the Philadelphia Bomb Squad and the Department of Licenses and Inspections who issued the permit allowing the explosion Neighbors were swayed by the bomb squad s explanation that to remove the materials would be extremely dangerous potentially causing the explosion instead of deterring it The bomb squad representative also informed the group that with the weather conditions as they were wet from the snow there was a risk that the materials could shift and thus explode as well The city agreed to give the residents notice and distributed letters explaining what was going to happen including a number for residents to call if they had questions As a result of the community outcry the Department of Licenses and Inspections has vowed to change its policy so that no same day permits would be given for explosions a point that has many eyebrows raised By the time the residents of Fleming Street were notified that the explosion was to take place the materials were already imbedded in over 30 holes between eight and 18 feet deep in the soil Many officials and residents were left wondering if the explosives were already in

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/zoning/GayFlem/blast.html (2016-04-26)
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  • MNC - Blast Editorial
    when technicians began knocking on doors on Dec 19 to advise residents to leave because they were going to set off the explosion Resident Sharon Brill Downs managed to call all the right people and get a delay The delay at least allowed time for police to seal off the area properly before the explosives were touched off Still with only minimal paperwork in place the contractor planned to proceed

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/zoning/GayFlem/blast-ed.html (2016-04-26)
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  • within the 21st ward could be more effective if they came together to support the individual actions that keep failing in front of the ZBA Valenti Epstein who had prepared a list of cases that were fought and lost before the zoning board reminded the group that the one case in which a civic group prevailed involved the support of many of the other civic groups in the 21st ward Hagarty noted that in the case of NPA and neighbors vs American Tower where the community opposed putting a tower on Port Royal Ave and won hundreds of letters of support were gathered and presented to the zoning board Chip Roller president of Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association recounted his group s crusade to convince then Councilman John Street of the bias the ZBA had shown for developers After reviewing the history of ZBA decisions in the area Roller and his colleagues found that in 92 of the cases the ZBA decided in favor of the developer over the community objections Street pledged to make the ZBA more sensitive and Roller feels that the new zoning board has shown more sympathy with issues concerning Wissahickon such as with the parking pad issue Valenti Epstein was quick to point out that the new board has also approved more development in Roxborough against the wishes of the residents That statement prompted Ray Johnston president of the 21st Ward Community Council to express his own frustration Whether the case is large or small it should be decided fairly stated Johnston The same standard should be applied agreed Valenti Epstein Looking for ways to improve the cohesion among the civic groups in the 21st ward Hagarty and Valenti Epstein referred frequently to the Chestnut Hill Community Association citing their financial and political resources but also focusing on their organizational abilities Using an application form that the Upper Roxborough Civic Association UPCA adopted in handling variance and development issues the lawyers explained that the document was modeled on one adopted by the Chestnut Hill group and gives the UPCA an edge in legal matters with developers Council Michael Nutter supports the application Turino said and would like to see it become mandatory in his district Bob Turino president of UPCA also remarked that the fee that accompanies the application helps subsidize the legal fees that litigation incurs And money agreed everyone is one the most difficult obstacles to overcome Valenti Epstein informed the attendees that there are monetary benefits when a civic group becomes involved in a dispute A civic group is entitled to the notes of testimony from a zoning board hearing free upon appeal of the decision whereas an individual is not she explained The group returned time and again to the need for more support and communication amongst the civics for each other and the 21st ward council Valenti Epstein offered to use the Roxborough Law Office web site as a posting board for all ZBA decisions including how the members voted and

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/zoning/zoning21.html (2016-04-26)
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  • ZONING NOTICE
    with accessory parking for 123 cars including 5 handicap spaces and 1 accessory loading space on the same lot with existing retail sales of antiques in the exiting building Wednesday May 10 2000 at 2 00 PM 1515 Arch Street 18 th floor The Zoning Board of Adjustment granted the variance for 2 Leverington Avenue also known as 100 Leverington This is the property at the end of Main Street

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/zoning/leverington.html (2016-04-26)
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  • MNC Stella Ling's Park
    found that the owner of the adjacent parking lot recently purchased the property It looks like he planned to expand the parking lot Our experience with other projects on Venice Island gave us the knowledge that this project was illegal We know no permits were filed in such a short time and that the property is in the floodway A variance to the city s floodway ordinance is required to place fill in the floodway The property was a low point on the island by which run off from the canal flowed into the river Councilman Nutter s office was called and Arlene from his Ridge Avenue office offered assistance She immediately called Marty Soffer City Planning Commission and the Deputy Chief of the Department of Licenses Inspection L I The Deputy Chief sent an inspector out Jane Glenn also called L I It took a couple of days to get through to the correct party They reviewed the case but no notices have been posted Jane also contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection PA DEP Our concerns were assigned to the Soil Waterway Management Program and we are awaiting their report The Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers have also been notified Stella Ling has since moved to San Francisco City ordinances are not being enforced We contacted many public officials and agencies and still the fill remains Photos Stella Ling s Plan for Venice Island Park Site view Mill wall Wall creek Bridge view of site After view of site Details Former address of site 4382 Main Street New address of site 4460R and or 4490R lot 168 lot 105 Frank Giovianoni New owner Contacts FEMA Region III Stephanie Nixon Stephanie Nixon visited the site and took photos on July 3 2000

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/zoning/stella-ling/index.html (2016-04-26)
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    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/Pretzel/Gallery/0511Pretzel/index.html (2016-04-26)
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  • pretzel park photos
    pretzel park photos Pretzel Park Click on photo to begin viewing 1982 Run Down Park BACK

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/Pretzel/Gallery/History/index.html (2016-04-26)
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  • PretzelPark Info Page
    in the sections below Subscribing to PretzelPark Subscribe to PretzelPark by filling out the following form You will be sent email requesting confirmation to prevent others from gratuitously subscribing you This is a hidden list which means that the list of members is available only to the list administrator Your email address Your name optional You may enter a privacy password below This provides only mild security but should prevent others from messing with your subscription Do not use a valuable password as it will occasionally be emailed back to you in cleartext If you choose not to enter a password one will be automatically generated for you and it will be sent to you once you ve confirmed your subscription You can always request a mail back of your password when you edit your personal options Pick a password Reenter password to confirm Which language do you prefer to display your messages English USA Would you like to receive list mail batched in a daily digest No Yes PretzelPark Subscribers The subscribers list is only available to the list administrator Enter your admin address and password to visit the subscribers list Admin address Password To unsubscribe from PretzelPark get

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/mailman/listinfo/PretzelPark (2016-04-26)
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