October 29, 1989 |
When the oldest section of a rambling log and clapboard house on Darby Road in Haverford was built, the American Revolution was a generation away and Haverford was still a frontier outpost. Last week, the old house - known to generations of Haverford residents as the Hannum House - was dismantled to make way for a modern residence. The logs, clapboards, rafters - even the wrought-iron hooks on which colonial women hung pots when cooking in a fireplace - were carefully numbered and labeled.
June 21, 1990 |
Once again, the Upper Southampton Board of Supervisors is considering a couple's request to turn their Street Road home into a commercial property. The board had denied the application during informal proceedings in September, but property owner Guiseppe Sciarra appealed the case to Bucks County Court in May. The court then directed the Upper Southampton supervisors to review the case and solicit official testimony from all concerned parties before making a decision. Sciarra and his wife, Elvira, live on the site and operate a tree and shrub business and produce stand there.
October 8, 1987 |
Residents who arrived on time for the regular meeting of the Radnor Township Planning Commission Monday night missed an interesting exchange during a pre-meeting caucus. The commission and representatives of the school board spent a half hour in caucus discussing proposed zoning changes of school district property in the township's new comprehensive land-use plan. The school board was concerned that it would lose control over district property under the proposed changes, but its fears were allayed, according to board President Peter M. Breitling.
January 11, 1987 |
Two developers have asked the Conshohocken Planning Commission to recommend zoning changes for a 42-acre site to allow the construction of retail stores, offices and residential units. The request, a joint venture by the Oliver Tyrone Pulver Corp. of Philadelphia and Meehan Weinman Inc. of Conshohocken, was made at the Planning Commission's Thursday night meeting. Jerry Nugent, a development consultant for the borough, said that the developers were seeking the creation of two special planning districts on the site, which runs from Elm Street to the Schuylkill and from Ash Street to Plymouth Creek.
September 18, 1988 |
Members of the Phoenixville Borough Council and Planning Commission met with other borough officials Wednesday night in a special workshop to discuss plans for new zoning districts in the borough. Phoenixville zoning officer Robert Carter served as the host for the session, outlining the districts with the aid of the planners who helped create them - Ronald C. Turner, the president and owner of Ronald C. Turner & Associates, and Elizabeth Kerdock, a planner with the company.
June 12, 1986 |
Geology was the subject of the 10th hearing in the ongoing Tredyffrin zoning hearing board case in which the applicants are arguing the township code is not valid for their property. The hearings, which began last year, have accumulated more than 700 typed pages of testimony and more testimony due. The next hearing is set for June 24. Mill Valley Associates is challenging the township ordinance provisions for housing density for its 76 acres on both sides of Mill Road south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
January 23, 1986 |
The Whitpain Board of Supervisors has decided to take legal action against a township resident who has refused to comply with various zoning and building codes on his Skippack Pike property. In a 3-0 vote Monday, the board authorized township solicitor J. Peirce Anderson to file suit in Montgomery County Court against Carl Lightfoot of the 200 block of Skippack Pike. Board Chairman Leigh P. Narducci abstained from the vote because he is Anderson's law partner. Board member William DeWald was not in attendance.
August 27, 1987 |
A special exception to construct improvements within a development's flood- prone district has been granted by the Edgmont Township Zoning Hearing Board subject to approval by the township engineer. The board voted, 3-0, Monday night to allow Dennis Meinhart, owner and developer of the Dream Valley subdivision, to enclose three waterways on the property and direct the flow into the nearby Springton Lake Reservoir. The approval is subject to the recommendations by township engineer Robert Plucienik, calling for the plans to show construction details for drainage structures and grates for safety purposes.
November 3, 1988 |
Fay Hong Li had had enough. For almost a decade, he and other Chinatown residents have been hearing from local government about plans to change their neighborhood's zoning, which allows anything from single-family houses to skyscrapers, but without results. Municipal officials have drafted ordinances, community groups have held meetings and, most recently, City Council has made sweeping but vague promises about protecting the residents from the convention center that has been proposed in their midst.
September 26, 1991 |
Those large, obtrusive loading docks that force pedestrians off the sidewalks and into the streets would no longer be allowed. More shopping areas, fountains and plazas on the street level of office buildings would be required. And underground parking lots would be encouraged. Yesterday, city planners urged City Council to make those and other changes in Center City zoning in an effort to create a more attractive downtown for residents, workers and visitors. Proposed by the city Planning Commission, the zoning changes were unveiled yesterday to Council's Rules Committee and appear headed toward speedy approval by Council.