Holmesburg Civic postpones vote for food truck

The Holmesburg Civic Association last week put off a vote on a businessman’s proposal to open a food truck at his property at 7600 State Road.

Gerald Guzinski, who was joined by attorney David Orphanides, needs a variance so a food truck operator can sell breakfast and lunch along a largely industrial stretch of land.

Some residents at the Sept. 8 meeting were worried that clients of a nearby methadone clinic would hang out on site.

Rich Dooley, owner of Fluke’s Irish Pub, pointed out that Guzinski did not drop off a flier at his bar/restaurant before the meeting.

Dooley, whose establishment would be affected by a food truck, noted that the endless I-95 construction is hurting his business. He reminded civic members that he contributes to the community and sponsored a Holmesburg Boys and Girls Club scoreboard.

“Vote no, everybody, please,” he said.

A hearing is scheduled for November in front of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

In other news from the meeting:

• Capital Auto Auction wants to buy a portion of the available riverfront ground at 7777 State Road. The company would store automobiles on the part of the property closest to State Road. Car sales will remain at the company headquarters at 5135 Bleigh Ave.

The city has indicated it wants to use the land to build a prison.

• The World Wrestling Alliance will present Eye of the Fire on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Holmesburg Boys and Girls Club, 7756 Ditman St.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The first bout will be at 7:30. Tickets cost $12 and $15.

Call 215–338–0733 or 267–997–9625.

• Art classes will be held on Fridays from 6–8 p.m. in October, November and December at Holmesburg Recreation Center, 4500 Rhawn St. (at Ditman Street). The cost is $5, and the classes are open to anyone 5 and older.

The rec center also offers a tot program for preschool kids ages 3–5.

Call 215–685–8714.

• Holmesburg Civic Association will meet again on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7:15 p.m. at Holmesburg Recreation Center. ••