Civic group divided over Castor Avenue restaurant

Take Back Your Neighborhood discussed whether to let an upcoming Latin American restaurant open with a liquor license.

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The Take Back Your Neighborhood Civic Association last week welcomed 2nd Police District Lt. John Craig, and discussed a zoning matter.

Residents two years ago approved a Latin American restaurant at 6625 Castor Ave.

However, since then, the owner has decided to pursue a liquor license.

While many neighbors like the look of the exterior of the proposed restaurant after significant renovations, they are not sure of approving a liquor license and second-floor seating, particularly since the owner did not mention that in her proposal to the group. They are also worried about additional parking problems.

State Rep. Jared Solomon assured neighbors the establishment would not be a nightclub. He has asked the owner to open without a liquor license to see how well the business does.

In other news from the March 26 meeting:

• The Northeast Naturally Occurring Retirement Community will hold its annual spring cleaning for older adults on Sunday, April 22.

Volunteers are needed for yard work; minor home repairs; cleaning and re-organizing kitchens, basements and garages; replacing hard-to-reach light bulbs and smoke detector batteries; uncovering or putting in window air conditioning units for the season; removing storm windows and putting in screens; and removing weatherization seals from doors and windows.

The time slots are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at the NORC office at 8546-B Bustleton Ave. (near Mower Street), adjacent to the T-Mobile store.

Supplies and tools will be provided.

A parent or guardian must accompany children under 16.

Contact Michael Priole at or 215–320–0351.

• Take Back Your Neighborhood will meet again on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at Max Myers Playground, 1601 Hellerman St. ••