Monday, November 26, 2012
Property owner invites residents to view 16 Shawmont Ave.
Local civic association occasionally clash with real estate developers, but at a Shawmont Avenue property, the neighborhood group and property owner look to work together. Shawmont residents are invited to 16 Shawmont Ave. Monday at 4 p.m. to walk the site where four single-family homes (two twins) are proposed by Ralph Sposato, according to the Residents of Shawmont Valley Association. Sposato lives at the 5.5-acre property and wants to build and manage four new homes. He intends on continuing to reside at his current home and won't sell the subdivided property. He'll rent and serve as landlord. At the Oct. 11 civic association meeting, Sposato shared his plans and invited residents out to walk the grounds. That date is Monday. The civic …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Rental units will be intended use, property owner says.
One Shawmont Avenue resident proposes building four twin homes at his property, with the intent of renting them, he said. Ralph Sposato, owner at 16 Shawmont Ave., presented plans to the Residents of Shawmont Valley Civic Association Oct. 11 to add four twin houses on his 5.5 acres. Located at the Shawmont-Umbria streets Y-intersection, the plan would develop previously uninhabited land. According to Sposato, he could legally build four, separate, single-family homes, but needs zoning variance to build the twins. For the most part, the civic association consented with his plan. Sposato intends on continuing to live there and won't sell the subdivided property. He'll rent and serve as landlord. Before he presents to the Philadelphia Zoning …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation answers residents questions on Nixon Street bike path.
With the bulk of construction completed on the Nixon Street bike path along the Schuylkill River Trail, City of Philadelphia employees discussed with residents what's next for the bike path. Constructed over the summer, the bike path behind homes on Nixon Street begins at an uphill climb at Shawmont Avenue and continues the trail from the Manayunk Canal Towpath. Vegetation in the area was removed to build the path and a retaining wall. Residents got their chance to help plan the area's future at a Thursday meeting. Project manager Rob Armstrong, from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, answered questions on the retaining wall, replanting, parking and safety the Residents of Shawmont Valley Association pitched to him, and promised action items…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Civic association heads to Andorra Library at 6 p.m. Oct. 11.
The Residents of Shawmont Valley Association will meet Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Andorra branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, according to an email to members. Civic President David Cellini shared the following agenda: The library is located at 705 East Cathedral Road.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Blair Meadows II begins suddenly, neighbors say; developer says he worked within the system.
While residents scramble to stop a development project in rural Shawmont, one landowner asserts his property rights and continues a plan to build eight townhouses. Dennis R. Williams of DRW Builders began excavation and tree clearing August 14 at 200 Shawmont Ave., referred to as phase II of the Blair Meadow Project. With zoning in line, city permits and approval from the Philadelphia Water Department, Williams seeks to erect the eight attached single-family homes behind the current six at Blair Meadow I. However, Shawmont neighbors and City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. feel Williams should have notified them of the project's beginning, and, furthermore, the construction will negatively impact the area's floodplain at Green Tree Run. …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A look into two property issues.
One Wissahickon house will remain a rental property, while a Shawmont Valley plot of land could become four homes by year's end. The Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment Wednesday dismissed an application to allow 158 East St. to rent as a boarding house. In Shawmont, owner Talal Charabi shared the progress of four future homes at 7845 Nixon St. No Boarding House Jason Mifflin applied to the city late last year to turn the rowhome at 158 East St. into a structure with four units. That immediately drew opposition from the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association, which feared the property would devolve into a boarding house. At a Feb. 6 meeting, the civic formerly opposed the project. Often, property owners will present plans to the …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
City explains scope of trail project.
No one is flat-out against cyclists or necessarily the Schuylkill River bike trail currently under renovation. But for some Nixon Street homeowners in the Residents of Shawmont Valley civic association, the work on the trail extension has been nothing but headaches. "I feel like I lived across the street from a forest, and now a desert is there," resident Mary Arden said at an April meeting. "It's just so naked." The trail overhaul by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department left some residents from the rural section in Shawmont a little put off. Specifically, the loss of vegetation and presence of heavy construction vehicles seem excessive to them. "We all knew there would be consequences but I don't think anyone expected that depth …