Lock your car doors to keep out thieves

Officials outlined crime trends and other updates from the Burholme Community Town Watch and Civic Association meeting.

Officials from the 2nd Police District and the City Planning Commission visited the recent Burholme Community Town Watch and Civic Association meeting.

Lt. Ron Janka and community relations officer Mark Mroz outlined recent crime trends, and urged people to lock their car doors to prevent thefts.

City planners Mike Thompson and Marty Gregorski discussed the Central Northeast District Plan. The final plan could include zoning changes to existing apartment buildings to make it easier for owners to secure permits to make improvements.

There could also be a zoning change to the former Pathmark property at 840 Cottman Ave. The store closed in December 2015, but the building remains. A zoning change could bring a developer that could build a multi-story building that would include commercial and residential units, and be located closer to the street. Most people in the neighborhood would prefer another grocery store.

Anyone seeking information or offering input can contact Thompson at michael.thompson@phila.gov or 215–683–4632; Gregorski at marty.gregorski@phila.gov; or City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker at 215–686–3454 (55) or councilwomanparker@phila.gov

Parker’s aides came under fire at the meeting from some neighbors who wonder why she never took a position on the bid to add Trinity Church, Oxford’s parish house to the city historic register. The historical commission voted to make the building historic, likely killing the church’s attempt to lease ground to Royal Farms for a convenience store and gas pumps.

In other news from the Nov. 9 meeting, civic association officials will be conducting a Christmas home decorating contest. Neighbors can learn more about the contest on the civic group’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Wesley Enhanced Living Burholme, 7040 Oxford Ave., will host a holiday open house on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. The afternoon will include holiday shopping, refreshments, entertainment and photos with Santa Claus. Call 267–348–2871. ••