Numbers to Know
Philadelphia Community Life Improvement Program (CLIP)
The CLIP program provides graffiti abatement, vacant lot cleaning,
help with cleanups, community service opportunities, surveillance cameras,
abandoned auto removal, and more.
Survey from 1997
Stay DENIED. Bunting House, at 5901 Ridge Ave, Demolished Friday 12/13/2012
The Civic's request for a stay of demolition has been denied. The
stay was requested to prevent the house from being demolished
before the appeals of the demolition permit could be heard.
The only thing standing in the way of demolition was any concern
or second thoughts, by the Giovannones, about consequences should
the civics win the appeals or consequenses of defying a
community determined to maintain and preserve it's heritage and
There were no second thoughts.
(photos of the demolition)
Frank Giovannoni wasn't kidding when he said the building
meant nothing to him and that there were buildings like it all
up and down the Ridge. Frank was responding to a direct
question by Judge Fox at the December 10 injunction
hearing. Central Roxborough Civic Association led a
coalition of civics in an attempt to get a stay of the
proposed demolition, pending appeal hearings to the Zoning
Board and L&I Board of Review.
There are, of course, not buildings, up and down the Ridge,
comparable to the Bunting House. And maybe Frank was just
expressing his frustration at the mess they have made. On
the other hand, the strings are maybe really being pulled by the
anonymous face(s) hiding behind 5901 Ridge LLC. So in the end
it doesn't really matter what Frank thinks.
On Thursday December 13 the judge entered her decision denying
the stay pending the appeals. On Friday morning, a crew from
Haines and Kibblehouse were out insuring nobody would be
changing their minds. After knocking off for the weekend,
the crew was back out to finish the knocking down on Monday.
In two days, another piece of Roxborough heritage and 132
years of history were reduced to a pile of rubble. The only
things saved were those that scavengers were able to cart
away over the weekend.
The Giovannonis, as best we know, are now planning to market
the empty lot to fast food restaurants, banks and drug store
5901 Ridge Ave memorial web site for the latest news.
After two months of meetings, Giovannone Construction declared
that they were unable to find a buyer for their lot(s) with
the Bunting House still standing. Central Roxborough Civic
Association, Manayunk Neighborhood Council, Ridge Park Civic
Association, Wissahickon Interested Citizens and
Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association have all appealed the
demolition permits issued by the city. That appeal will now
go forward. The appeal hearing will
be held Tuesday 12/4/2012, 3:30 PM in room 696 of City Hall,
In September, 2012 Giovannone Construction pulled permits for
the complete demolition of the beautiful Victorian building
at the corner of Roxborough Ave and Ridge Ave, 5901 Ridge Ave.
As of 7 am Wed September 26, Central Roxborough Civic
Association has filed appeals against the demolition permits
and for a temporary restraining order agaist the demolition.
It is reported in a
Roxborough Patch Article
that Giovannone claims the building is unsound and there only
plans are an empty lot.
Folks have put together an
where you can register your support for keeping the
Manayunk Neighborhood Council is asking people to contact Councilman
Jones and Giovannone Construction and let them know what you think.
Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.
Room 404, City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Constituent Services: Joshua.Cohen@phila.gov
Frank and Anthony Giovannone
5003 Umbria St Ste 200
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Giovannone Construction Inc.
2160 Harts Ln.
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Friends Of Pretzel Park
Pretzel Park Summer First Friday Concert Series
Philadelphia University Day of Service in Pretzel Park
September 27, 2011
MNC Neighborhood Brochure
Thanks go to Darlene and Carrie from the
MNC Quality of Life Committee for a great brochure
The Manayunk Canal
Created by Manayunk Neighborhood Council through
Scribe Video Center Precious Places Program
To develop and maintain an informed and productive membership.
To notify, inform, and involve residents in decisions that affect
To promote a unified and sustainable community
Manayunk Neighborhood Council
Council is a not-for-profit civic association founded in the 1950's
and incorporated in 1970. We are a community organization for the
residents of Manayunk and Roxborough.
Residents are proud
of their unique and historic neighborhood. Not long ago, our neighborhood
was largely populated by owner occupied homes where children grew
up and moved around the corner. The Council is working to reestablish
the friendly, cozy community that made Manayunk the popular place
it is today for tourists, businesses, and developers.
Our community is changing
rapidly. These changes brought many improvements to the neighborhood
but they have also caused problems for residents. MNC is working
with other civic groups, city officials, planners and developers
to promote ethical, responsible, and sustainable development.