Lansdale Borough Named “Classic Town” By Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

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Lansdale Borough was admitted to the 2011 Class of “Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia” by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission at a luncheon on Wednesday in Manayunk.  Lansdale shared the spotlight with Bordentown, NJ and Kennett Square.  Congrats!

Here is a list of some other towns who have been awarded this distinction:  Ardmore, Bristol, Collingswood, N.J., Germantown, Glassboro, N.J., Haddon Heights, N.J., Lansdowne, Manayunk, Media, Merchantville, N.J., Moorestown, N.J., New Hope, Overbrook Farms, Phoenixville; Wayne, Souderton-Telford, Ambler and West Chester.

Here is a list of what makes up a classic town:  a commercial main street, a mix of housing close to the main street, a Main Streets programs or a downtown development district contributing to economic development, plus demographic diversity, sidewalks and transit access ease.

There are opportunities that go along with this distinction such as local and regional branding assistance and being on a list with communities like New Hope, Ambler, Manayunk and Wayne, for starters.  You are known by the company you keep!

The Montgomery County Planning Commission recommended Lansdale to Classic Towns, according to Lansdale Borough Manager Timothea Kirchner.

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Lansdale Gets Coveted “Classic Town” Status From Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

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Lansdale Borough was admitted to the 2011 Class of “Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia” by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission at a luncheon on Wednesday in Manayunk.  Lansdale shared the spotlight with Bordentown, NJ and Kennett Square.  Congrats!

Here is a list of some other towns who have been awarded this distinction:  Ardmore, Bristol, Collingswood, N.J., Germantown, Glassboro, N.J., Haddon Heights, N.J., Lansdowne, Manayunk, Media, Merchantville, N.J., Moorestown, N.J., New Hope, Overbrook Farms, Phoenixville; Wayne, Souderton-Telford, Ambler and West Chester.

Here is a list of what makes up a classic town:  a commercial main street, a mix of housing close to the main street, a Main Streets programs or a downtown development district contributing to economic development, plus demographic diversity, sidewalks and transit access ease.

There are opportunities that go along with this distinction such as local and regional branding assistance and being on a list with communities like New Hope, Ambler, Manayunk and Wayne, for starters.  You are known by the company you keep!

The Montgomery County Planning Commission recommended Lansdale to Classic Towns, according to Lansdale Borough Manager Timothea Kirchner (a former Pottstown Borough staffer).

Harrisburg’s West Shore Communities Focusing On Curb Appeal

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Several suburban Harrisburg communities, across the river in Cumberland County, are trying to make their downtown’s more attractive to shoppers, motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists by completing major streetscape projects in their downtowns.

Lemoyne is trying to become a destination rather than a “drive-through” community by making their downtown attractive and welcoming to shoppers.  Phase Two of their streetscape improvements will start in the fall of 2012. The new project will extend existing improvements made in Phase One and focus on safety and appearance.

Wormleysburg has a plan in place, but it is on hold due to the economy.

Camp Hill also approved a plan but placed it on hold due to a sewer project priority.

West Fairview, in East Pennsboro Township, will have their streetscape project begin in mid-August.

New Cumberland is seeking a block grant to extend their existing streetscape improvements.

Dillsburg completed a streetscape project last fall,

Carlisle recently added bike lanes and trails.

Mechanicsburg used a grant to make sidewalk and crosswalk improvements near several schools.

New Kingston, in Silver Spring Township, is also working on a streetscape plan.

Souderton’s Broad Theater To Get $5 Million Renovation

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Some great economic development/revitalization news out of Souderton.  The Broad Theater space is 20,000-square-feet.  Plans call for second-run movies to be shown and a variety of food options at reasonable prices.

The theater will have a concession stand and a cafe.  The building will also house Bogart’s casual family dining restaurant and the Broadway Prime restaurant specializing in steaks.

To read the entire article, click here:

http://www.thereporteronline.com/articles/2011/07/22/news/doc4e2a1ffb41333653374205.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Harrisburg’s Allision Hill Neighborhood Getting Community Art Garden

On the corner of Mulberry and Crescent Streets in Allison Hill is a vacant lot where two blighted homes were demolished by the city.  Community group Danzante, an Allison Hill based community art music and dance center is adopting this vacant lot from the city for $1.00 through Harrisburg’s Adopt-A-Block program.

Volunteers from well beyond the Harrisburg area are coming to Allison Hill and helping reclaim this vacant land to beautify it and give hope to Allison Hill residents.  Mosaic art will decorate the path leading to the “Treasure Garden”.

Danzante has been a part of Allison Hill since 1978.  The 501(c)3 organization is looking for volunteers to help with the project or people to make donations toward the completion of this project.  The Danzante Community Center is on the opposite corner from the Art Garden.  The group hopes to create a beautiful and safe community gathering place.

To learn more about Danzante, check out their website here:  http://danzante.org/

To volunteer or make a contribution of materials or money, call (717) 232-2615

 

West York Project Reuses Bricks From Demolition Site

A 10,000-square-foot building was demolished and the bricks are being cleaned and reused for another project.  The Keystone Weaving Mill is being turned into apartments and the bricks from the demolition will be used to replace missing bricks at the old mill.

The savings is about a $5 per brick difference between reuse and making new bricks!  Great cost savings, certainly a green solution and the use of period bricks makes the renovation historically accurate!  A win-win in my book!

To read the entire article from the York Dispatch, click here:

http://www.yorkdispatch.com/news/ci_18499697

Chester One Of Six Cities Selected For Obama’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities Program

A new federal program to spur economic growth in urban areas called Strong Cities, Strong Communities is coming to Chester.  Only six cities in the U.S. were selected for the program.  In addition to Chester, the list includes Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans, Memphis and Fresco round out the list.  Chester is by far the smallest city on the list but certainly would be at the top of the list based on need.

To read the entire article and watch a video, click here:

http://delcotimes.com/articles/2011/07/11/news/doc4e1b42b4b85db591695600.txt