Local residents met Tuesday night at the Fishtown Recreation Center to help support local business. The Fishtown Market, owned by Mark Reiber was found out of variance in a license renewal. Zoning laws prohibit Reiber to have takeout food or storage on the third floor of his Grocery Deli, located at Norris and Memphis. Reiber gained 100 percent of the vote and will take those results to the ZBA to find out if his business will be approved of the new variance.
“This process requires community support so I have to show the ZBA that the community wants them to approve this change to my zoning. By having this strong show of support, this should be helpful to me so that the ZBA sees things my way,” Reiber said.
Fishtown market was opened by Reiber in 2006 but it is still unclear why it has taken the ZBA of Philadelphia over four years to find the grocery deli out of compliance.
The support the community gave him should go a long way in clearing things up. “These folks are all my neighbors. I can look out my front door and see their houses. It feels good that they want things to go well for me,” Reiber said.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 1 but pushed back a week due to in climate weather.