His­toric or­di­nance pro­posed

Glenside News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jar­reau Free­man

Cur­tis eall was crowded Sept. OM as res­i­dents from Chel­tenham qown­ship gath­ered to learn about a pro­posed or­di­nance to cre­ate a eis­toric Re­source lver­lay aistrict in the town­ship.

Al­though the town­ship has two his­toric dis­trictsI the LaMott and Wyn­cote sec­tions of the town­shipI the pro­posed or­di­nance per­mits the town­ship to reg­u­late the de­mo­li­tion of scat­tered his­toric sites or lo­cal land­marks out­side of these dis­trictsI said Act­ing qown­ship Man­ager Bryan eavir.

Cer­tain prop­er­ties in East Chel­tenhamI Wyn­coteI Elkins Park and Glen­side on Lau­relI eigh­landI cor­est and Elkins av­enuesI Wash­ing­ton and Pardee lanesI Mill and Jenk­in­town roadsI among many oth­ersI are pro­hib­ited from be­ing de­mol­ished un­der the pro­posed or­di­nance.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­di­nanceI if a res­i­dent in one of the des­ig­nated his­toric dis­tricts wanted to de­mol­ish their homeI they would have to ap­ply for a de­mo­li­tion per­mit with the Chel­tenham qown­ship aepart­ment of Engi­neer­ingI won­ing and fn­spec­tions and sub­mit sev­eral doc­u­ments such as deed to the prop­er­tyI a scaled drawl­ing show­ing all the pro­posed changesI pho­to­graphs of the prop­erty and other doc­u­men­ta­tion that would be re­viewed by the plan­ning com­mis­sion dur­ing a pub­lic meet­ing.

Af­ter the ap­pli­ca­tion is re­viewed by the plan­ning com­mis­sionI it moves to the pub­lic works com­mit­tee and then it’s re­viewed by the board of com­mis­sion­ers who de­cide if the prop­erty can be de­mol­ished.

eavir said there is a clause in the or­di­nance that ad­dresses prop­erty re­lo­ca­tion. ff there is a way that a his­tor­i­cal prop­erty can be moved to an­other part of the town­shipI the board would take that into con­sid­er­a­tion.

,n WKH SDVW, VLJnL­fiFDnW KLVWRULFDO EuLOGLnJV have been torn down and the town­ship wants to pre­vent that from oc­cur­ringI eavir said.

“f have been work­ing for the town­ship for about N5 years and over those N5 years xthe WRZnVKLS@ KDV [ORVW@ DW OHDVW VL[ [VLJnL­fiFDnW@ build­ings to de­mo­li­tionI” he said. “A prop­erty owner can come in and pull a build­ing per­mitI and if they meet all the cri­te­ria and pay the feeI the build­ing can be de­mol­ished.”

qhe prop­er­ties were de­mol­ishedI be­cause the town­ship had no pro­vi­sions in placeI such as records or an or­di­nanceI to pre­vent them from be­ing de­stroyedI he said.

eow­ev­erI NM years ago the town­ship be­gan work­ing with the state eis­tor­i­cal Mu­seum Com­mis­sion record­ing his­toric build­ings in the areaI eavir said.

rn­der the Penn­syl­va­nia Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Plan­ning Code and eis­toric aistricts Act mu- nic­i­pal­i­ties in the com­mon­wealth have the right and re­spon­si­bil­ity to pre­serve their his­toric re­sourcesI said ar­chi­tec­tural his­to­rian Chris­tine CruiessI a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Cul­tural eeritage Re­source Ser­vices fnc.

By work­ing with con­sul­tants and the Chel­tenham eis­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sionI the town­ship de­vel­oped a list of OMP prop­er­ties that it felt ZHUH VLJnL­fiFDnW DnG VKRuOG EH NHSW IURP GH­mo­li­tionI eavir said.

“We have an­other list of about NMM prop­er­ties … to sur­vey and add to the listI” he said.

Cruiess said that in OMM8 CeRS sur­veyed his­toric build­ingsI mostly homesI in the town­ship and doc­u­mented the nameI ad­dressI par­cel num­ber of the prop­er­tyI his­toric func­tionI mod­ern day func­tionI the prop­erty fea­tures and his­tory of the prop­erty.

Prior to thisI a sur­vey was con­ducted in NVV8 of 8N prop­er­ties in the town­shipI eavir said.

DuULnJ WKDW VuUYHy WKH WRZnVKLS nRWL­fiHG prop­erty own­ers about the sur­veyI wel­comed their feed­back and gave them doc­u­men­ta­tion of WKH KLVWRULF VLJnL­fiFDnFH RI WKHLU SURSHUWy. TKH same process was done dur­ing the OMM8 sur­veyI eavir said.

au­r­ing the meet­ingI res­i­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to voice their opin­ion about the or­di­nance.

Some res­i­dents were con­cerned about the GHfinLWLRn RI GHPROLWLRn, ZKLFK ZDV GHfinHG in the or­di­nance as “the raz­ing or de­struc­tionI whether en­tirely or in partI of a site or struc­tureI im­pair­ing its struc­turalI his­toricI andLor ar­chi­tec­tural in­tegrity.”

lne man wanted to know if he ren­o­vated his drive­way would he be pe­nal­ized based on the GHfinLWLRn RI GHPROLWLRn.

eavir said the town­ship does not care about GULYHZDyV DnG WKDW WKH GHfinLWLRn RI GHPROLWLRn will be re­vised.

Chair­man of the Chel­tenham qown­ship eis­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion aave ear­rower said that the de­mo­li­tion does not re­fer to chang­ing the roof tilesI shut­ters or paint color of the homeI but refers to the ac­tual re­moval of the his­toric build­ing.

“f moved hereI and not to a gated com­mu­ni­tyI be­cause f wanted the free­dom to do with my SURSHUWy ZKDW , VDZ fiW, nRW WR KDYH VRPHRnH EH my par­ent and tell me what f could and could not do with my prop­er­tyI” said res­i­dent qa­mara Aval­lone. “qhat is my con­cern.”

Res­i­dent aar­lene Mel­ton who said she lives in the his­tor­i­cal dis­trict of LaMott said that she agreed with eavir and the or­di­nance’s in­tent to re­serve what is of his­tor­i­cal value in the town­ship.

“f’m not happy about his­tor­i­cal prop­er­ties be­ing knocked downI” said res­i­dent Kathy Clark. “We all need to work to­gether and meet an ob­jec­tive xwe can agree on].”

“lur goal of the con­test is to get students en­gaged in talk­ing about the many types of is­sues that af­fect their livesI” Miller said.

lther hon­orees in­cluded the fam­i­lies of Joseph M. Ne­j­man and John R. aon­a­hoe who were given the Post­hu­mous Res­o­lu­tion hon­or­ing their life and their many years of ser­vice to the community. Stu­dent Moses aeeart was hon­ored for re­build­ing the bridge at Grove Park. Al­soI Bruce Rang­now was hon­ored for his OM years of ser­vice in the town­ship’s ac­count­ing depart­ment and lo­cal artist Nick a’Amico was given a res­o­lu­tion for paint­ing a mu­ral in down­town Glen­side. be­com­ing a part of the community and can join the GGCC to sup­port the lo­cal busi­ness community.

Shops along Eas­ton Road and Glen­side Av­enue will be open with spe­cial in-store and side­walk sales from noon to 5 p.m.

Most busi­nesses will be do­nat­ing a per­cent­age of their sales from this event to the vic­tims of the NSMM CKuUFK 5RDG CRnGR fiUH.

cor more in­for­ma­tionI visit www.glen­sid­echam­ber. org.

Hon­ored by Chel­tenham com­mis­sion­ers are, front row, from left, Michaela Wa­jda, De­clan Mirabella, Re­becca Ban­ner, Annabelle Leis­ter; and back, from left, Brian White, Wil­liam Hisey and Is­abelle Co­cozza, board Pres­i­dent Art Hay­wood and Com­mis­sioner Charles McKeown.

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