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    NEXT GENERAL MEETING: WEDNESDAY, December 6 2017 (details)
    (The meeting will be held at the Venice Island Performing and Rec Center at the bottom of Cotton Street)

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    Saint Mary of the Assumption zoning page. Get the latest info. Sign up for the mailing list. Sign the on-line petition.

    Councilman Jones has decided to withdraw bill 170009 to re-zone the Saint Mary's property and the case is no longer on the Planning Commission agenda for Tuesday May 16, 2017. The bill will be formally withdrawn at the City Council hearing Thursday May 18, 2017 Manayunk project at St. Mary's put on hold
    CBS Philly -- City Councilman Withdraws Manayunk Apartment Bill

    Councilman Jones Withdraws Bill 170009 at the May 18, 2017 City Council hearing

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    Statement on St. Mary's Bill

    On January 26th, I introduced Bill #170009 creating a proposed master plan for development of the former St Mary's church, its rectory, the former St Mary's School and its adjoining parking lot. My process is always facts first, opinion second and finally making a decision in the best interest of all stakeholders.

    Since then, I have heard from many residents who feel very strongly about the future of their neighborhood who cited traffic, density and overdevelopment as areas of concern. Specifically, I listened intently on both March 7th and March 22nd as you expressed your viewpoint. I also hosted smaller stakeholder group meetings in hops of reaching a compromise between the developer, the Manayunk Neighborhood Council and the North Light Community Center. My goal was to broker compromise but it has become abundantly clear to me that this is not possible. During this process, I did not want to make whole decisions on half truths.

    I respect the wishes of the community and your willingness to communicate important issues to me. To that end, I continue to work with the City Planning Commission and the Streets Department on a holistic plan to address parking and traffic issues. I encourage you to join our working group to find long term solutions. This development had [its] merits and may work in other areas, bit it was not right for this location. As it relates to the St Mary's bill, I will withdraw the bill at the next stated meeting of City Council on Thursday, May 18th. Thank you.

    Original statement as a jpg image

    YO YO YO

    Huge thanks and congratulations to the 250 dedicated neighbors who came out to question Councilman Jones March 7

    But Now It's Time To Do It Again And Lets Make It 350!

    Developer Jack Bienenfeld will present his plans for 100 apartments on the Saint Mary's property
    And he REALLY wants to hear what you think

    Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    North Light Community Center - 175 Green Lane

    Moderated by State Representative Pam DeLissio

    We have a lot of questions and we hope you do too!

    YO YO YO

    Community Meeting for St. Mary's Redevelopment
    Wednesday December 14, 2016, 7:30PM
    North Light Community Center
    175 Green Lane

    The complete St. Mary of the Assumption church property has been up for sale for some time and now there is now an agreement of sale (i.e. a developer has agreed to purchase the property). This is a large property (73,000 square feet) and stretches between Gay Street and Carson (with Conarroe in the middle). It includes the parking lot (100 spaces), church, school, rectory and convent.

    The developer, planning commission and our Councilman are all pressing for a high-density multi-family apartment development.

    This meeting is your chance to exchange information and get your opinions on the record.

    Get the latest info at our Saint Mary of the Assumption zoning page.

    2016 Harvest Festival / Halloween in Manayunk
    Second ever Luckys Last Chance FOPP Beer Garden
    Events for Kids, Dogs, and Adults in Pretzel Park and on Venice Island!
    Saturday October 22, 10 AM - 5 PM

    One Valley Bluegrass Festival--Free Concert in Pretzel Park
    First ever FOPP Craft Beer Tent
    Saturday August 20, Noon - 6 PM

    Blues on the Green--Free Concert in Pretzel Park
    Saturday August 6, Noon - 6 PM

    Community Meeting for St. Mary's Redevelopment
    Wednesday March 23, 2016, 7:30PM
    North Light Community Center
    175 Green Lane

    The complete St. Mary of the Assumption church property has been up for sale for some time and now there is now an agreement of sale (i.e. a developer has agreed to purchase the property). This is a large property (73,000 square feet) and stretches between Gay Street and Carson (with Conarroe in the middle). It includes the parking lot (100 spaces), church, school, rectory and convent.

    How this property will be redeveloped will have a huge impact on the neighborhood.

    The developer is still working on their design and is not yet ready to present a proposal. So now's the time to get our ideas in.

    There many possible scenarios, from 45 by-right houses to a combination of townhouses and apartments with 100-150 units or who knows what else.

    • Will the buildings be kept and converted or torn down?
    • How much parking will be provided?
    • Will there be parking for the neighbors?
    • Will there be parking for North Light?
    • Will the developer build by-right, or seek a variance, or will the Councilman sponsor a bill to City Council to rezone the parcel?

    This meeting is your chance to exchange information and get your opinions on the record, for the developer, and our public officials. Councilman Jones will be represented at the meeting. We are also hoping to have the Planning Commission and church represented.

    2015 Fall Festival Saturday October 31, from 10am to 5pm.

    More fun than you can shake a pumpkin at. Face painting, vendors, music, the Farmers Market, and a great musical lineup, spells a whole day of fun and still time for the kiddies in the evening!

    Don't miss the Zombie Thriller Dance off at 4pm. Put on your best Zombie Costume and show your best moves. Register at EventBrite

    There's nothing more fun dressing up your puppy and posting pictures on the internet, but, yes there is something more fun! Dress up your puppy and join in the Pretzel Park Fall Festival Dog Parade, for fun and prizes. 11 am in Pretzel Park.

    • 10:00 -- Germantown Shout Band -New Orleans Brass Band to Get Things Started
    • 11:00 -- Dog Parade
    • 11:15 -- EJ Simpson -Songwriter Par Excellence
    • 12:15 -- White Cheddar Boys - Old Timey Americana Banjo Delights
    • 1:30 -- Max Mifflin Jazz Quartet - Jazz Like a Balm to Your Soul
    • 2:40 -- Merge Dance Studio Exhibition
    • 3:00 -- Wolves in White - Rock of ages
    • 4:00 -- Zombie Thriller Dance Off (Register at EventBrite)

    Three Men & Three Women in Black Johnny Cash Concert
    Satruday August 29 6pm

    Pretzel Park's First Twilight Concert of the 2015 Season
    Satruday June 20 6pm
    Photos From The Concert

    Manayunk Development Corporation's Mummers Mardi Gras Parade in Manayunk February 28, 2015

    2014 Fall Festival--Saturday October 25

    • Farmers Market 10am to 2pm
    • Music All Day
    • Halloween Costume Parade for the kids
    • Halloween Costume Parade for the dogs
    • Food Trucks
    • Vendors
    • Beautiful Weather
    • Fun for All

    Stay DENIED. Bunting House, at 5901 Ridge Ave, Demolished Friday 12/13/2012

    5901 Ridge Ave. Demolished

    The Civic's request for a stay of demolition has been denied. The stay was requested to prevent the house from being demolished before the appeals of the demolition permit could be heard. The only thing standing in the way of demolition was any concern or second thoughts, by the Giovannones, about consequences should the civics win the appeals or consequenses of defying a community determined to maintain and preserve it's heritage and character.

    There were no second thoughts.
    (photos of the demolition)

    Frank Giovannoni wasn't kidding when he said the building meant nothing to him and that there were buildings like it all up and down the Ridge. Frank was responding to a direct question by Judge Fox at the December 10 injunction hearing. Central Roxborough Civic Association led a coalition of civics in an attempt to get a stay of the proposed demolition, pending appeal hearings to the Zoning Board and L&I Board of Review.

    There are, of course, not buildings, up and down the Ridge, comparable to the Bunting House. And maybe Frank was just expressing his frustration at the mess they have made. On the other hand, the strings are maybe really being pulled by the anonymous face(s) hiding behind 5901 Ridge LLC. So in the end it doesn't really matter what Frank thinks.

    On Thursday December 13 the judge entered her decision denying the stay pending the appeals. On Friday morning, a crew from Haines and Kibblehouse were out insuring nobody would be changing their minds. After knocking off for the weekend, the crew was back out to finish the knocking down on Monday.

    In two days, another piece of Roxborough heritage and 132 years of history were reduced to a pile of rubble. The only things saved were those that scavengers were able to cart away over the weekend.

    The Giovannonis, as best we know, are now planning to market the empty lot to fast food restaurants, banks and drug store chains.

    See the 5901 Ridge Ave memorial web site for the latest news.
    After two months of meetings, Giovannone Construction declared that they were unable to find a buyer for their lot(s) with the
    Bunting House still standing. Central Roxborough Civic Association, Manayunk Neighborhood Council, Ridge Park Civic Association, Wissahickon Interested Citizens and Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association have all appealed the demolition permits issued by the city. That appeal will now go forward. The appeal hearing will be held Tuesday 12/4/2012, 3:30 PM in room 696 of City Hall,

    In September, 2012 Giovannone Construction pulled permits for the complete demolition of the beautiful Victorian building at the corner of Roxborough Ave and Ridge Ave, 5901 Ridge Ave.

    As of 7 am Wed September 26, Central Roxborough Civic Association has filed appeals against the demolition permits and for a temporary restraining order agaist the demolition.

    It is reported in a Roxborough Patch Article that Giovannone claims the building is unsound and there only plans are an empty lot.

    Folks have put together an on-line petition where you can register your support for keeping the building.

    Manayunk Neighborhood Council is asking people to contact Councilman Jones and Giovannone Construction and let them know what you think.

    Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.
    Room 404, City Hall
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Phone: 215-686-3416
    Fax: 216-686-1934
    Constituent Services:

    Frank and Anthony Giovannone
    Giovannone Construction
    5003 Umbria St Ste 200
    Philadelphia, PA 19128
    Phone: 1-215-487-1340
    Giovannone Construction Inc.
    2160 Harts Ln.
    Conshohocken, PA 19428
    Fax: 610-825-8312

    Friends Of Pretzel Park
    Pretzel Park Summer First Friday Concert Series

    Philadelphia University Day of Service in Pretzel Park September 27, 2011

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    About Manayunk Neighborhood Council

    Manayunk Neighborhood Council is a not-for-profit civic association founded in the 1950's and incorporated in 1970. We are a community organization for the residents of Manayunk and Roxborough.

    Residents are proud of their unique and historic neighborhood. Not long ago, our neighborhood was largely populated by owner occupied homes where children grew up and moved around the corner. The Council is working to reestablish the friendly, cozy community that made Manayunk the popular place it is today for tourists, businesses, and developers.

    Our community is changing rapidly. These changes brought many improvements to the neighborhood but they have also caused problems for residents. MNC is working with other civic groups, city officials, planners and developers to promote ethical, responsible, and sustainable development.

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