April 13, 2016 |
SEPTA and Tullytown have made peace about a month after the transit agency sued the borough in a dispute over construction at the Levittown train station. The two reached a settlement April 7 regarding construction at the Levittown train station in which SEPTA agreed to pay the borough $34,031 in professional fees and accepted full responsibility and liability for the new station. In return, the borough won't claim any authority over SEPTA's construction plans for the station. "The borough is pleased the lawsuit is settled and it will no longer have responsibility for this project," said Michael Sellers, the borough solicitor.
April 11, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. From what Realtors say, Perkasie is a place coveted by those enamored of small-town living. A whole lot of building designed to enhance that small-town experience is going on now in the Bucks County borough 30 miles north of Philadelphia. That includes more than 300 homes, a surprising number in a community of 8,515 people, especially considering there isn't as much residential building going on in the suburbs now as there was before or during the boom years of a decade ago. "Today's buyers want new, and residential construction is a good sign of an active real estate market," says Frank Dolski, an agent with Coldwell Banker Hearthside Real Estate in Lahaska.
March 5, 2016 |
SEPTA wants a federal judge to issue a restraining order against a lower Bucks County municipality that the transit agency contends has imposed "exorbitant" fees and "excessive" regulations that are delaying a $36 million upgrade of its Levittown station. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the transit agency asked the court to bar the Borough of Tullytown from asserting any authority over the work at the station, which began in November. More than $250,000 in borough fees and other "regulatory burdens" have been preventing SEPTA from finishing the project, it claims.
February 15, 2016
Population: 7,546 (2014) Median household income: $79,063 Area: 3.1 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 20 Homes for sale: 37 Average days on market: 88 Median sale price: $226,700 Housing stock: 2,949 units, older and newer. School district: Berlin (K-8); Eastern High School, Voorhees (9-12) SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; Berlin Borough; Val Nunnenkamp, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors, Marlton
February 14, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. There are those who might observe that a visit to Berlin, N.J., was "long-a-coming. " This Camden County borough was originally known by that name, attributed alternatively to shipwrecked sailors looking for a brook with clean water, to stagecoach travelers stopping here on an otherwise boring ride from Philadelphia to the Shore, or, most likely, to the Leni-Lenape and the Lonaconing Trail from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean, as the historic marker notes.
February 7, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. On one January Sunday, Kennett Square basked in bright sunshine and, according to the National Weather Service, a record-setting 65 degrees. It was a picture-perfect day for a visit to what is still considered "the Mushroom Capital of the World," even though there has been a lot of industry consolidation in recent years. Nursing- and rehabilitation-center giant Genesis HealthCare, with $4.4 billion in annual revenue and 90,000 employees, made 101 E. State St. its corporate headquarters in the late 1990s and has contributed to Kennett Square's growth and prosperity since.
January 15, 2016 |
If the apartment building at 208 White Horse Pike in Oaklyn had a name, it is lost to history. "People just called it 208," says Mayor Bob Forbes, whose grandmother once lived there. Decades of namelessness - as well as emptiness - should end in March, when the first tenants arrive at the freshly renovated and stylishly rebranded "Oaklyn Villas" apartments. "This is a one-bedroom," developer Richard DePetro says, guiding the mayor, two Camden County officials, and me on a tour of the $1.9 million project.
January 14, 2016 |
The Haddonfield Board of Commissioners approved two agreements-in-principle Tuesday night that could lead to the borough's purchasing the Bancroft School property for public use and private housing, but not for a contested drug and alcohol treatment center. Both proposed agreements are subject to action by the borough planning board, public discussion, and further action and approval by the commissioners. They passed the board by 3-0. "After months of discussion and negotiations, I am very pleased that we have reached an agreement regarding the future of the Bancroft property in Haddonfield," Mayor Jeff Kasko said in a statement.
December 21, 2015 |
Haddonfield is just the sort of pristine little town that was made for a pre-Christmas shopping binge. Haddonfield has long prided itself on its history - 150 buildings were declared architecturally significant in 1971. "We have history here," the Preservation Society's executive director, Joan Aiken, told the Bulletin in 1980. "We didn't make it up, like Chestnut Hill did. " Amid its colonial housing and quaint side streets sits the admirably pedestrian-friendly downtown shopping district along Kings Highway.
December 16, 2015 |
Just when things in Colwyn appeared to be turning around, the tiny Delaware County borough has returned to its normal status: chaos. On Monday, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said audits of the borough fire company's relief association uncovered nearly $90,000 in unauthorized and undocumented spending. As a result, state funds for the volunteer organization have been put on hold. The news comes two weeks after Colwyn's council appeared to make strides toward recovery by approving a financial plan from the state, yet its implementation remains uncertain.