Zoning Notice Re: Zoning Variance Sought for 4811 Germantown Avenue – Community Meeting, Monday, Nov. 18

Read on for full text of an important zoning notice promoting an upcoming community meeting about the development of the vacant church at 4811 Germantown Avenue. The notice was posted in front of the building and a flyer was delivered to near-neighbors living directly around the property. All households on West Rockland Street should have received a copy.

Zoning Notice – Community Meeting
Monday, November 18th, 6:00pm
at 5213 Germantown Avenue

Re: Zoning Variance Sought for
4811 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144, Building A
(Formerly St. Michael’s Church)

4811 Germantown Avenue, part of the former Germantown Charter School Campus.

4811 Germantown Avenue, part of the former Germantown Charter School Campus.

I am writing to provide neighbors in the vicinity of 4811 Germantown Avenue notice that I have applied to the ZBA for consideration of a zoning variance for an assembly and entertainment space (performing arts theater) and accessory office in Building ‘A.’

This property, 4811 Germantown Avenue, Building A, is approximately 5,100 square feet and is located in a RSA-3 district between Logan Street and Abottsford Avenue.

I am seeking a variance for this property to allow for the renovation and establishment of a drama school and performing arts center (Greatness Is In You!).  This drama school, led by Kareem Rogers, will be a wonderful addition to Germantown and will help improve the community by renovating a vacant and deteriorated commercial property along Germantown Avenue.

Zoning Notice for 4811 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

Greatness Is In You! is designed to help youth and young adults achieve, through mentoring, theatrical presentations, academic/artistic classes, entrepreneurship workshops, and creative interactive personal development seminars.  Greatness Is In You! regularly rents facilities such as the Kimmel Center, the Painted Bride, Freedom Theater, and the Arts Bank, to name a few, and now seeks to have a permanent home for its programs.

Greatness Is In You! will utilize the approximately 50 parking spaces on site in addition to the on street parking along Germantown Avenue.  Trash will be placed and removed from a trash enclosure area behind the building out of view from Germantown Avenue.  Greatness Is In You! plans to be open during the following hours:  Monday – Friday 2-8pm and Saturdays from 10am – 4pm.

A hearing before the ZBA will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 4pm at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor, ZBA Hearing Room 18002.

As required, we will post the orange zoning sign for 21 or more days before the hearing date.

Please let me know if you have any questions with this project and zoning variance request.  For more information about our company and past projects, please go to www.PhillyOfficeRetail.com.

Thank you,

Ken Weinstein
215-247-5555 ext. 204
Ken@PhillyOfficeRetail.com

Name and address of applicant:
4811 Germantown Avenue
Germantown Revitalization Now, LLC
6825 Germantown Avenue, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Location where copies of the application and any related information submitted by the applicant can be obtained:
Germantown Revitalization Now, LLC
6825 Germantown Avenue, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(215) 247-5555 x 204
Ken@PhillyOfficeRetail.com

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