Tag Mayfair Civic Association

Lighthouse Chapel International moving into Northeast Community Center 0

Nov14
Photo/Kayla Devon

Photo/Kayla Devon

The Northeast Community Center on Holme Avenue won’t be empty for very long. New tenants from Lighthouse Chapel International should be moving in within the week, but the community is still concerned with the parking and the pool.

TD Bank foreclosed the property a year ago when the owners, Phoenix Horizons, Inc., could no longer pay back the $1.1 million it borrowed to build an addition.

Rumors of possible buyers filled residents’ ears, but no one seemed likely except for Sant Properties, who came into play last spring. But the owners, brothers Ravinder and Hardeep Chawla — known for their previous legal issues with the city — backed out of buying the property because they couldn’t find tenants.

Jeff Fuchs, owner of Sabra Properties, bought the Northeast Community Center in October.Fuchs’ broker brought the property to his attention, and having known Stan Cohen, the previous owner working with Phoenix Horizons, Inc., Fuchs looked more seriously into the property.

Fuchs comes from a background of working with communities as an ex-vice president of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia’s Klein Branch in Somerton, as well as being the President of Four Quarters Project, a multi-faith teen educational program. He still currently co-owns FLiCK Table Tennis and Performance Center on Blue Grass Road, where he also coaches table tennis players.

“I wanted to make the place something the community can use,” said Fuchs, who first sought out the previous tenants to give them back the space. With no such luck, Fuchs moved on and has been in contact with Home Circle Civic Association President Elsie Stevens about the wants and needs of the community, which included a daycare or “infant school type.”

“I wanted to do my due diligence and listen to the needs of the community,” Fuchs said.  continue reading »

Mayfair Halloween Decorating Contest winners announced 2

Oct31
Three houses won top honors in the Mayfair Halloween Decorating Contest. Image/Google Maps

Three houses won top honors in the Mayfair Halloween Decorating Contest. Image/Google Maps

Three homes have received top honors in the inaugural Mayfair Halloween Decorating Contest, and they’ll be presented with their official lawn signs tonight.

In no particular order, 3527 Oakmont St., 3142 St. Vincent St., and  3251 Friendship St., are the houses to see. They were among 40 nominees in the neighborhood judged by an impartial panel for their colorful, creative and scary Halloween decorations. continue reading »

Mayfair Civic Association hosts Halloween decorating contest 1

Oct21
This 20-foot skeleton has presided over the 3300-block of Tudor Street on Halloweens past. Photo/Mayfair Civic Association President Donny Smith

This 20-foot skeleton has presided over the 3300-block of Tudor Street on Halloweens past. Photo/Mayfair Civic Association President Donny Smith

Get the lights, the pumpkins and the creepy music out. The Mayfair Civic Association is holding a Halloween decorating contest for people who live within the group’s boundaries.

Starting Wednesday, 13 judges will be cruising the neighborhood to judge the entries. continue reading »

Mayfair CDC will use $20k grant for Frankford Avenue [video] 0

Sep26
Frankford Avenue in Mayfair. Photo/Lili Zheng

Frankford Avenue in Mayfair. Photo/Elizabeth Steinmetz

The 300 locally owned businesses that line Frankford Avenue in Mayfair have been granted an opportunity to invigorate and improve their community.

Although some consider the avenue to be too congested with outdated shops and mini-malls, others view Frankford Avenue as a hub of Mayfair packed with mass business-appeal and potential. Community members claim Frankford Avenue, which hasn’t seen renovations in decades, is overdue for improvement and rebirth. continue reading »

‘Brazen’ scrappers taking more than just trash in some neighborhoods [video] 13

Sep24
Northeast residents are trying to prevent scrappers from taking more than just trash. Photo/Kayla Devon

Northeast residents are trying to prevent scrappers from taking more than just trash. Photo/Kayla Devon

In Mayfair and Holme Circle, residents are battling “brazen” scrappers who are not only taking scrap metal from curbside garbage, but also right from people’s yards.

“Scrappers” are defined as those who take scrap metal from curbside garbage and recycling and sell the metal to scrap yards for a few extra bucks. Pick-up trucks with make-shift walls that keep in as much scrap metal as possible are most often seen driving throughout city neighborhoods the night before trash day.

“We are certain that most [scrappers] are honest, hard-working people just trying to make a living,” Holme Circle Civic Association President Elsie Stevens said. “The problem is that some are so brazen that they are walking up to the front of folks’ homes and stealing.” continue reading »

Frankford Avenue methadone clinic in Holmesburg gets approval from Court of Common Pleas 30

Jun25

A July 2011 rally against a Holmesburg methadone clinic was the first of many efforts by the neighborhood to keep the business off Frankford Avenue. Photo/Shannon McDonald

The Court of  Common Pleas has ruled in favor of The Healing Way Inc., reversing a decision by Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment and reinstating a permit that will allow The Healing Way to operate a methadone clinic on the 7900-block of Frankford in Holmesburg.

“We find this decision to be most disappointing and vow to continue to fight the opening of this clinic,” outgoing Mayfair Civic Association President Joe DeFelice wrote to residents. “We need people to solicit donations to pay for legal fees to further our own appeal.” continue reading »

Mayfair’s goal: Do one thing a month to keep people involved 1

Feb25
Mayfair held a Farmers Market preview last fall in anticipation of its forthcoming Spring market. Photo/Jessia Lopez

Mayfair held a Farmers Market preview last fall in anticipation of its forthcoming Spring market. Photo/Jessia Lopez

Mayfair is creating its own niche in the Northeast by implementing ideas to try to keep the community fresh. From the third annual Easter Egg Hunt to the farmers market and its Third Thursday Arts Initiative, Mayfair wants to stand out from the rest.

Held at Headquarters, 7213 Frankford Ave., the Third Thursday event is a localized version of the popular Old City First Friday arts and restaurant event. continue reading »

Mayfair adds Christmas Village to tree-lighting ceremony tradition [slideshow] 0

Dec4

This tall planter was the perfect perch for young kids to watch the festivities during Mayfair’s Christmas Village and tree-lighting. Photo/Bill Achuff

Mayfair was aglow Sunday for what became the neighborhood’s first-ever Christmas Village.

The event was paired with the annual Christmas tree lighting and other family festivities. Families strolled Frankford Avenue to check out the offerings from local vendors, while kids enjoyed visits from both Santa and the Grinch.

See all the photos in our slideshow below from photographers Bill Achuff and Michelle Alton. continue reading »

Hearing Wednesday for Frankford Avenue methadone clinic 0

Dec4

A July 2011 rally against a Holmesburg methadone clinic was the first of many efforts by the neighborhood to keep the business off Frankford Avenue. Photo/Shannon McDonald

The long-awaited court day over the fate of the methadone clinic at 7900 Frankford Ave. in Holmesburg has arrived.

Wednesday, The Healing Way and the Mayfair and Holmesburg civic associations will be in Common Pleas Court as the clinic operator appeals the decision to prevent the clinic from opening. The Healing Way obtained on over-the-counter permit in 2011 to open the clinic, but the Philadelphia Zoning Board overturned that decision in March following opposition from the community. continue reading »

Hundreds attend Mayfair Farmers Market preview [slideshow] 2

Sep26

Set to launch next April, the Mayfair Farmers Market held a preview day Sunday to showcase what’s to come. Photo/Jessica Lopez

The 3500-block of Ryan Avenue in Mayfair was transformed into a small street fair Sunday during a preview of the Mayfair Farmers Market, due to open next spring.

Children waited patiently to get their face painted while adults stopped by the Grey Lodge Pub table to pick up a beer mimosa. Lil Dan’s food truck and White Dragon Philly stayed busy during the lunch hour as people picked through produce from Grateful Acre Farms and Stern Farms.

Organizers estimated a total of 400 people attended the five-hour preview. continue reading »

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