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Krams Home Could Become 2 Houses

Central Roxborough Civic Association will decide homeowner project.

Dan and Amanda Moher want to build that home of their dreams. And the Central Roxborough Civic Association will decide if that plan works for the neighborhood.

The homeowners approached the group about subdividing their property at 444 Krams Ave., and building a new home on their current backyard. Their standing home would remain—potentially to be sold or rented.

"It's only two bedrooms, and we plan to have children and already have a 100-pound dog. We're rapidly outgrowing the space," Dan Moher said on Thursday.

In a detailed presentation, the Mohers shared their plans to construct a 16-foot by 40-foot, three-story home that will knock out their above-ground pool and face Mitchell Street. They believe their project would fit R9 zoning, which most of the rest of the neighborhood possesses. However, their property is zoned R5 and needs a zoning variance.

If built, the new home would remove one street parking space, and would have a garage and driveway for two vehicles total.

The Mohers did their homework, and presented a detail rendering, personal background, and examples of community support. They bought the property in 2006 and have improved the home since then. However, they feel they've outgrown it, but would like to stay in the neighborhood.

Six property owners from Mitchell Street signed a petition supporting the project. In addition, President Jack Wheeler and Friends of the Manayunk Canal President Nicole Galdieri Lick and husband Travis wrote letters favoring the project.

No residents voiced opposition at the meeting, but civic members did ask questions.

Don Simon suggested the structure could stand out more aesthically.

"There's a lot of townhouses that look like this in Roxborough. It'd be helpful to pick something more decorative," he said, which Moher said he'd consider.

Joshua Cohen, resident and staff member for , asked about who will move into the current building, which will remain unchanged.

"If we do decide to rent it, we'll seek highly qualified renters. We'll do a credit check and make sure they are employed," Moher said.

Unlike other civic organization that vote in the meeting, the Central Roxborough group hears a presentation and later surveys its members. President Ed Hotham will announce the decision to support or oppose the project before the Mohers' May 29 Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing.

Ted S May 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Stand out more aesthically ? Must be kidding, have they looked at some of the houses in Roxborough - leave a lot to be desired aesthically. I am sure with a little yard work, trees, bushes etc. the place will look just great. I see nothing wrong with it - we need to keep our residents.
Sam Fran Scavuzzo May 07, 2012 at 02:10 PM
To defend Don a little, I think he was just making a suggestion. The presentation was very civilly delivered by the Mohers and received by residents. I know sometimes these presentations get heated but this was a nice conversation between all parties, and Don was just chiming in to a receptive listener.
Debbie Thomas May 07, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Why don't the Mohers just look for a larger house in Roxborough if the current one is too small? Seems like an easier solution than building yet another home that looks exactly like most of the new construction in the area. There are plenty of larger homes in the area. What's wrong with the ones on Green Lane that are up for sale?
Irene May 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
The only thing I see that may be a problem is the rental home and parking issues. The new home has a garage but where will the renters park, who usually each have a car. This will make it all so much more difficult for the rest of us.
Sam Fran Scavuzzo May 08, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Hi, Irene. Ed from the civic said the existing property has two off-street spaces. You can sort of see them in the one photo.

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