The first Mural Arts mural in East Oak Lane (PASSi)

Welcome to East Oak Lane!

Settled in 1683 by William Penn, East Oak Lane is a beautiful urban neighborhood in northern Philadelphia (PA) that combines the quiet charm of tree-lined streets and historic homes with positive engaged interaction among people of diverse ethnicity, race, culture, creed, financial standing, and age. The residents of this community believe that this combination constitutes a highly desirable environment in which to build families, and raise and nurture children. We seek to encourage a spirit of neighborliness, mutual respect, cooperation, inclusiveness, and community esprit de corps.


Towards that aim, the Oak Lane Community Action Association (OLCAA), a non-profit organization, was established in 1970, with the purpose of serving to continually improve the quality of life for residents of East Oak Lane. OLCAA and its various committees work for the betterment of the community in partnership with city, state, and federal officials, local businesses, police and fire departments, religious institutions, and other community-based organizations.

With regard to zoning issues, OLCAA is also the Registered Community Organization (RCO) for East Oak Lane (since October 2012).  As such, early notification of zoning appeals should be directed to OLCAA.

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East Oak Lane neighbors are unified in vocal opposition to plans by Developers and City Councilmember Cherelle Parker to build a 40-unit apartment complex in our Civic Center.  Stand with residents as we demand a say in what is built in our neighborhood!  Click here to watch our video.

Open Letter from OLCAA's Board of Directors to Councilmember Cherelle Parker

Make your voice heard! Here is what YOU can do!

OLCAA's mission is one of service to  the East Oak Lane community.  
The first Mural Arts mural in East Oak Lane (PASSi).

OLCAA is holding a virtual RCO Community Meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. regarding 1100 Oak Lane (Refuge Church Parking Lot).


The Application is for the creation of a unity of use to create one (1) lot for zoning purposes with respective covenants, agreements, and easements to be recorded by deed to bind current and future owners of the contiguous two (2) parcels (1100 Oak Lane and 1122 Oak Lane). To preserve the unity of use and the legality of the entire project that stems from single zoning lot treatment. Prior to issuance of certification of occupancy, proof record of easements, agreements, and restrictive covenants must be supplied.

For reconfiguration of existing driveway and surfaces parking lot of 1100 Oak Lane to create shared accessory parking spaces with 1122 Oak Lane, size and location as shown on the plans. For use as an existing church within the existing detached structure at 1100 Oak Lane with five (5) full accessory parking spaces and 7 shared parking spaces with 1122 Oak Lane, 2 of the 7 shared parking spaces are accessible parking spaces. The permit for the above location cannot be issued because the proposal does not comply with the following provisions of the Philadelphia Zoning Code. (Codes can be accessed at
Code Section(s):
Code Section Title(s):
Reason for Refusal:
Sec. 14-305 (9) & Table 14-802-1
Required Parking in Residential Districts
32 parking spaces are required for the existing church (1/10 seats), whereas only 5 full accessory parking spaces and 7 shared parking spaces are provided
Sec. 14-803 (1)(b)(.1)(.a)(.ii) & Table 14-701-1
Location of Accessory Parking
Surface parking spaces are prohibited in the required front yard, whereas, the proposed surface parking spaces are in the 25 ft. required front yard setback.


Please register in advance for this meeting by using the below information:


You may also register for this RCO Meeting by calling the OLCAA Hotline at 215-224-2777.


You may attend the RCO Community Meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. by using Zoom with the following access:         


    Meeting ID: 894 0826 9442
    Passcode: 344502


Persons using cell or phone may join the meeting using the following numbers:


     iPhone one-tap
    US: +13126266799,,89408269442# or +16465588656,,89408269442#
    Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or        

    +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782

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Stop the development of a high-density apartment housing at 12th and Oak Lane!


Community members at a Registered Community Organization (RCO) meeting voted overwhelmingly (84%) against this development! 


Community objections include concerns about parking and traffic at an intersection that already houses the Oak Lane Library, Ellwood Elementary School, and the Engine 63 Fire Station. With the proposed entrance to the development on 11th Street, this development would also add to traffic currently generated by the Refuge Evangelical Baptist Church, the Oak Lane Presbyterian Church, and the nearby Laurel Square Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.


This is simply not the right location for this project!


The developers have money, resources, and politicians on their side. We’re fighting hard for you but we need your help to level the playing field for legal and professional fees, publicity costs, and materials for protest signs.


All donations not used to oppose this particular project will be used to ensure neighborhood developments happen responsibly and in accordance with what the community wants and needs, or to provide other benefits for the community related to safety, beauty, and quality of life. The OLCAA Board of Directors commits to fulfill the community's wishes rather than their individual concerns.


Please join the OLCAA campaign to raise funds to prevent unwanted development!


OLCAA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax deductible and non-refundable.


Please make your check out to OLCAA, write “Development” in the memo line, and send to:

OLCAA, P.O. Box 2926, Philadelphia, PA 19141.


. . . or donate via GoFundMe (credit cards accepted) by clicking the button below or by going to the GoFundMe page linked here.


Thank you for your generosity!



P.O. Box 2926

Philadelphia, PA 19141


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