The Board of Directors of EPX are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for you to help transform the intersection of Passyunk, 12th, and Morris into a safer and more pedestrian-friendly space along bustling East Passyunk Avenue.

Planning Collective, LLC, a local planning and consulting firm, is hoping to secure $50,000 through the Pepsi Refresh Project to fund a community-driven design process and complete installation of a one-of-a-kind gathering space. But they need your ideas and your votes to make it happen!

Representatives from Planning Collective, LLC, will be on hand at Flavors of the Avenue this Saturday to share their ideas for how to ‘reclaim concrete’ at this busy crossroads and hope that you’ll stop by to share your ideas for ways to design and fill the space.

So, please take the time to stop by, introduce yourselves, and speak with them about this unique project, and learn how you can vote during the month of May to ensure we, the stakeholders: the neighbors, businesses and city agencies secure the necessary funding.

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The Zoning Code Commission will host four community-based meetings over the next two weeks. These meetings will be held to share information on “Module 1 – Administration and Procedures” of the proposed new zoning code, and to gain feedback. We invite you to attend one of these meetings (dates and locations are listed below).

You can read a copy of Module 1 at www.zoningmatters.org.

You can also take a new survey about some of the key draft changes outlined in Module 1. Just click the following link to take this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZCC_Module1

Please share this information. Thank you.

COMMUNITY MEETING DATE & LOCATION CLOSEST TO EPX:

Thursday, March 4 2010
Fels Community Center
2407 S. Broad Street, 19148
6:00pm to 8:00pm

AGENDA (same for all meetings):
Summary of work to date
Proposed administrative and procedural changes
Opportunities for public input
Next steps

Please attend the meeting that is the most convenient for you. No RSVP required.

In the event of a snow emergency, the meetings will be rescheduled if the School District of Philadelphia closes.

For more information, go to www.zoningmatters.org

Brady Russell of Clean Water Action will present at the February 1, 2010 EPX General Membership meeting. Please join us at our new GM meeting location… the Cafeteria of Saints John Neumann & Maria Goretti High School 11th & Moore streets!

Brady Russell works with Clean Water Action. He will speak about the City of Philadelphia’s groundbreaking efforts to manage our cities growing problems with stormwater using more green space and tree cover. These approaches will both reduce flooding and sewer backups as well as protecting the health of the Delaware River. Clean Water Action has also been deeply involved in the city’s recycling program and can update EPX members on the latest developments in Philadelphia’s strategy to increase recycling.

Clean Water Action is an organization of 1.2 million members working to empower people to take action to protect America’s waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For 36 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation’s most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public.

For more info on Clean Water Action, please visit their website at www.cleanwater.org

The December EPX Zoning/Planning Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 30th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Everyone is welcome.

The meeting will beheld at the Epiphany of Our Lord Church’s Cenacle House, 1144 Jackson Street
Have any questions or want to get involved? Email us at contact @ epcrossing.org

SBSNA has scheduled to meet with the applicant, EPX, and the community at its next zoning meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at Methodist Hospital in the Morgan Conference Center.  An appeal for a property at 17 11 S. Broad St. will be discussed.