Holmesburg Civic board backs legalization of Cresco Avenue property

Neighbors voted not to oppose the property’s legalization.

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Some neighbors complained at last week’s Holmesburg Civic Association that unruly children were making the property at 8128 Cresco Ave. a nuisance.

But the owners, who bought the property in June, insisted that no children live in any of the units.

The owners were seeking to legalize the five-unit structure, which is near Welsh Road.

The complaints by neighbors didn’t go far, as a new civic association bylaw allows a unanimous board vote to stand without polling membership.

The board had previously voted unanimously to not oppose the property’s legalization.

In other news from the Feb. 13 meeting:

• City Councilman Bobby Henon announced that work has stopped on an illegal duplex on the 3200 block of Stanwood St.

Henon holds frequent neighborhood office hours at various locations. The next gathering will be on Monday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the National Association of Letter Carriers, 9607 James St.

In response to a question on safe injection sites for drug addicts, Henon said he is undecided.

“I need a little more information,” he said.

Henon said he’ll want to hear details from the Department of Health before he’d consider supporting a site in his district.

• Jeff George, community liaison for Councilman Allan Domb, urged income-eligible people to apply for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. The deadline to file is April 17. For more information, visit youearneditphilly.com or go to the tax-preparation location at 2113 Cottman Ave. (next to Gap Factory).

George welcomed residents who need assistance on city issues to visit Domb’s staff on Fridays at the office of state Rep. Mike Driscoll at 3294 Red Lion Road.

• Larissa Klevan, of the City Planning Commission, outlined some proposed residential and commercial zoning changes.

• John Cambridge, CEO of the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, said the next meeting of the Holmesburg Coalition will be on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the pavilion, 8046 Frankford Ave.

• Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a reading of The Cat in the Hat on Friday, March 2, at 10 a.m. Preschool and early elementary-aged children will also make Thing 1 and Thing 2 puppets. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Holmesburg Library. Call 215–685–8756.

• Art on the Avenue will take place at Prudential Bank, 8000 Frankford Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will feature the work of local artists Luka Lakuriqi and Barb Baur.

• Holmesburg Civic Association will meet again on Tuesday, March 13, at 7:15 p.m. at Holmesburg Recreation Center, Rhawn and Ditman streets. ••