Parking in Manayunk and Roxborough is the age-old problem. While a complete solution may never be obtainable, the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association appears to closer to alleviating the burden then before.
With the help of lawmakers, civic President Andrew Bantly said the group may be able to acquire land for a neighborhood parking lot through a state program.
The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Pennsylvania grant initiative that provides for the "construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects," according to the commonwealth's website.
Councilman Curtis Jones' Office put Bantly in touch with State Sen. Vincent Hughes Office, which talked to the civic about the feasibility of buying land.
"It's really the best and easiest way to get there. By buying these lots, we'll be able to add parking to the neighborhood," he said.
Other neighborhoods in Roxborough have—through one way or another—instituted municipal lots. Central Roxborough has one on Manayunk Avenue at Conarroe Street, and Ridge Park has another on Fountain Street.
If the civic receives a grant, the program provides matching funding for any revenue they have raised. Bantly said the civic may receive money through the city, from Jones' office, and through State Rep. Pam DeLissio.
Bantly has targeted land in the past. He said Jan. 7 that the best bet may be in finding property that cannot be developed on.
At this point, it's still early in the process. However, the civic association could use neighbors who have experience with grant writing to help.
Contact the civic at firstname.lastname@example.org.