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4400 N. 6th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19140-2320

Office: 267-331-8002
Fax: 267-535-2777

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Honorable Julia Chapman, Chair
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building, Room 1130
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1687
RE: 532 W. Annsbury Street - Calendar #24548, Application #580863
Dear Chairwoman Chapman,
Hello. My name is Kevin Deane, principal and lead administrator of Hunting Park Christian
Academy (HPCA). In addition, I am also a community member. HPCA serves nearly 200
students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. Our youngest students are four years old. We
are located at the corner of 6th and Cayuga Streets, less than 300 feet away from the illegal
junkyard; our students and teachers can see it from our 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-grade classrooms.
I am writing to state my opposition to the zoning appeal for 532 W. Annsbury Street, which will
be heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment on May 20, 2015 at 5pm. It is obvious and
apparent that the applicant cannot satisfy the burden of proof required by 14-303(7)(e)(.1) and,
therefore, I request that you deny appeal #24548 on the following grounds:

14-603(9)(b) states that "Junk and salvage yards and buildings may not be located within 150
ft. of any Residential district." A significant portion of 532 W. Annsbury Street is within 150 ft. of
a Residential district.

14-603(9)(c) requires that "a masonry wall, not less than eight ft. in height and not more than
12 ft. in height, shall be constructed and maintained in good condition around all property
boundaries abutting a zoning district other than I-3 or I-P. There may be no stacking of
material above the height of the masonry wall... ." The entire front, rear, and much of the
westerly border of the property at 532 W. Annsbury Street has no masonry wall of any kind and
is therefore in violation of this requirement. Moreover, the applicant is currently stacking
material above the height of the incomplete masonry wall which does exist.

14-603(9)(d) requires a junkyard to be "landscaped in accordance with 14-705(2)" which

states "At least one street tree per 35 ft. of linear frontage shall be provided. The front of 532
W. Annsbury Street is 140 linear feet and provides zero street trees of the three required by
Philadelphia zoning code 14-603(9)(d).

14-603(9)(f) states that "No outdoor industrial processes involving the use of equipment for
cutting, shredding, compressing, or packaging may be conducted within 300 ft. of a Residential
district." The entirety of 532 W. Annsbury Street is within 300 ft. of a Residential district.

Moreover, 14-303(7)(d) requires the applicant to show that the granting of a special exception
will not cause detrimental impacts to the neighborhood through burdening schools, parks, or
other public facilities and 14-303(7)(e) seeks to prevent the impairing or permanently injuring
of the use of adjacent conforming properties.
In addition to these technical disqualifications for the applicants proposed use of 532 W.
Annsbury Street, please know that the Hunting Park community overwhelmingly opposes this
application on the grounds that it is inconsistent with Hunting Park Neighborhood Strategic Plan
2022 developed as a collaborative community effort and formally accepted by the Philadelphia
City Planning Commission.
As I stated earlier, we serve nearly 200 children at Hunting Park Christian Academy. Many of
them must walk past the illegally-operating business each and every day. It has created an
unsafe corner for our children. Also, the presence of the unlawful junkyard, its unsightliness,
and its flagrant lack of concern for our neighborhood, belies all the good and transformative
work happening in our community. Not only is it operating illegally, it is a hindrance to true
community restoration. This should not be.


Kevin Deane

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