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Fuzzy Parking Plan Gets Slightly Clearer

Wissahickon Neighbors working with lawmakers on solutions.

Parking in Manayunk and Roxborough is the age-old problem. While a complete solution may never be obtainable, the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association appears to closer to alleviating the burden then before.

With the help of lawmakers, civic President Andrew Bantly said the group may be able to acquire land for a neighborhood parking lot through a state program.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Pennsylvania  grant initiative that provides for  the "construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects," according to the commonwealth's website.

Councilman Curtis Jones' Office put Bantly in touch with State Sen. Vincent Hughes Office, which talked to the civic about the feasibility of buying land.

"It's really the best and easiest way to get there. By buying these lots, we'll be able to add parking to the neighborhood," he said.

Other neighborhoods in Roxborough have—through one way or another—instituted municipal lots. Central Roxborough has one on Manayunk Avenue at Conarroe Street, and Ridge Park has another on Fountain Street. 

If the civic receives a grant, the program provides matching funding for any revenue they have raised. Bantly said the civic may receive money through the city, from Jones' office, and through State Rep. Pam DeLissio.

Bantly has targeted land in the past. He said Jan. 7 that the best bet may be in finding property that cannot be developed on.

At this point, it's still early in the process. However, the civic association could use neighbors who have experience with grant writing to help. 

Contact the civic at contact@e-wnca.org.

Stacy Litz January 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Parking is never a problem? It's only a problem when the PPA comes and tickets a random street for "parking on the wrong side of a two way street" which is so narrow that it doesn't even matter. If the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association starts "making friends" with the PPA, we're doomed. Do we want to be like Center City, an officer walking on your block every 15 minutes and no privacy? Fear to park or even forced to pay to park with a permit WHERE YOU LIVE? No kissing the PPA's butt for me. Most of us aren't old, crabby and have nothing better to do, but we're not the ones in charge.
Kevin January 15, 2013 at 03:54 PM
The PPA needs to excise more authority in the Wissahickon neighborhood. It is a parking free for all - double parked, 2 feet from the curb, on the curb, on the sidewalk, blocking driveways... it's all fair game in WIssahickon. I welcome any plans by the PPA to instate permit parking in this neighborhood. It's the only way to get them out here to enforce parking code.
Drew Bantly January 15, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I think the picture attached to the article is misleading. There was no discussion about creating a parking lot for the PPA as the one shown above. The talking points at the meeting was to find a way to either keep the current open spaces already used for parking from being sold and developed while also locating potential lots that could become more parking for the neighborhood.
Stacy Litz January 28, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Why do you want the PPA to come to this area? I really want to know.

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