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50th Street Gets B.I.G. (Block Improvement Grant)

Neighbors on the 1000 block of South 50th Street received a Block Improvement Grant and put it to use in their front gardens.

Before.... and After >>>.

Addressing Vacant Properties: CPN Property Housing Task Force David Hincher, Property Housing Task Force he CPN Property Housing Task T Force is an all-volunteer working group. It studies, evaluates and develops strategies to address issues of vacant and blighted properties and land within the Cedar Park boundary, in order to move such properties toward positive occupancy and use. The task force looks to develop mitigation strategies such as connecting property owners with the critical resources needed to reduce the severity of these issues. Recently, the task force completed a census of abandoned properties. In collaboration with the Community Design Collaborative, It also facilitated a year-long series of community conversations, titled the “Baltimore Avenue Conversation,” which resulted in the Baltimore Avenue Community Corridor Design Study. The Baltimore Avenue study targeted the blocks from 49th to 52nd Street and engaged neighborhood residents, businesses, and community organizations in a broad discussion of desires and goals for this area. Additional information on this conversation and the exciting ideas it generated are found within the final report, which can be downloaded from the Cedar Park Neighbors website at Since our last Baltimore Avenue Conversation, in the Fall of 2010, we have met with various political representatives — State Senator Anthony Williams, State Representative James Roebuck, and

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell — to familiarize them with the study and elicit their advice and support for advancing some of the community priorities and desires. There are ongoing discussions with Councilwoman Blackwell and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to move the study forward, bringing in other City agencies and additional resources. We look forward to ongoing conversations with other community stakeholders that want to assist with elements of this report. Since the study was completed, Mariposa Food Co-op has moved forward with plans for a new and larger fresh food grocery located on the 4800 block of Baltimore Avenue. A fresh food grocery was the top desire from the community conversations; and with assistance from Cedar Park Neighbors, we hope this will address that goal.

The proposal resulting from the Baltimore Avenue Conversations can be found at our website

The Task Force is also in conversation with the University City District regarding their renewed commitment to community and business development. UCD is now directing staff and resources toward assisting property owners in overcoming barriers and obstacles that had prevented them from achieving their goals for their properties. Several owners of severely blighted properties are taking advantage of these resources and we look forward to seeing the results, as some formerly vacant properties are rehabbed and occupied.

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November 2011

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November 2011 Newsletter  

Cedar Park Neighbors is a vollunteer-run neighborhood civic association chartered by the City of Philadelphia since the 1960's. CPN promotes...

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