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Rhawnhurst approves apartment building

Rhawnhurst Civic Association last week voted, 17-9, in favor of a proposed 85-unit apartment building at 8400 Roosevelt Blvd. (at Strahle Street).

The 7½-acre site is zoned for single family housing. The developer, the DePaul Group, will seek a variance at a July 17 meeting of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

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The building would be three stories, with 171 parking spaces (only 85 are required).

The apartments will have either one or two bedrooms. Monthly rents are expected to be $1,800 to $2,200.

Opponents of the proposal complained the property owner has been unresponsive to reports of trash, high grass and a damaged fence.

In other news from the March 20 meeting:

• The owner of a duplex on the 1600 block of Napfle St. wants to convert the property to a triplex. Rhawnhurst Civic is opposed.

The former Wells Fargo bank branch at Solly Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard will be converted to a Dunkin’ Donuts.

• Joe Staszak, community relations officer in the 7th Police District, addressed the crowd.

• City Councilman Brian O’Neill will hold an e-cycling event on May 18, from 9-11 a.m., at his office at Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Street.

• State Rep. Ed Neilson will hold a shredding event on April 13, from 9-11 a.m., in the lower parking lot of Maternity BVM Parish, 9220 Old Bustleton Ave.

• Torresdale Library, 3079 Holme Ave., will celebrate its 52nd birthday on Saturday, April 20. There will be preschool storytime at 10:30 a.m.; airbrush tattoos from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; live animals from the Center for Aquatic Sciences at noon; and the band Minas performing The Beatles in Bossa at 2:30. Light refreshments will be provided by Friends of Torresdale Library.

• State Sen. Jimmy Dillon will hold a senior expo on March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MaST Community Charter School III, 1 Crown Way.

• United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd, 10901 Calera Road, will host a spring fling car show and flea market on April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The rain date is April 20. Show cars are free. There will be food, trophies and a DJ. The cost for flea market vendors is $25. To reserve a space, call Rosemarie at 215-868-5304. ••

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