Dublin re­vi­tal­iza­tion plan moves for­ward

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rebecca An­to­nioli

21st Cen­tury Me­dia News Ser­vice

Dublin Bor­ough is one step closer to mak­ing its Re­vi­tal­iza­tion and Vi­sion Plan a re­al­ity.

Coun­cil mem­bers voted 5-0 to be­gin the process of mak­ing the plan an ad­den­dum to the bor­ough’s com­pre­hen­sive plan at the July 15 meet­ing.

The Re­vi­tal­iza­tion and Vi­sion­ing Plan in­cludes wider side­walks, tree­lined streets and on-street park­ing.

The plan, pre­pared by Carter van Dyke As­so­ciates, ad­dresses con- cerns and goals of res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers in Dublin and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“A lot of hard work went into this,” said Dublin Bor­ough Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Nick Ros­cia. “It’s a liv­ing breath­ing doc­u­ment. It’s not like we just cut and pasted the plan from an­other town.”

Some com­mu­nity mem­bers were un­sure of the plan. Dan Rymdeika, whose fam­ily owns Grates and Grills, said that the pro­posed plan in­cludes many ele­ments that would im­pact his busi­ness. One of his con­cerns was the is­sue of pos­si­bly build­ing a road be­hind the store and elim­i­nat­ing the front park­ing lot.

“We have a busi­ness to run, and to elim­i­nate park­ing in front is a big con­cern,” Rymdeika said.

Dublin Mayor Chris Hayes tried to ad­dress some of the is­sues.

“Peo­ple ac­tu­ally walked the town,” Hayes said of the study. “This is just a plan and we want to hear your feed­back and we want to cre­ate a win-win to take the town to the next level.”

Coun­cil mem­ber Brent Smith thought the plan was good.

“It was built to give you the wow fac­tor and a vis­ual, but you need to ap­ply it,” he said. “It will change the com­mu­nity with­out re­ally chang­ing the com­mu­nity. It ad­dresses things with­out chang­ing things.”

Ac­cord­ing to Hayes, the plan will be pre­sented to busi­ness own­ers in Oc­to­ber, and hope­fully, the ad­denGuP wLOO EH DGRSWHG WKH fiUVW PHHWing in Novem­ber.

In other busi­ness, coun­cil mem­bers voted 4-1 to ap­ply for a Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­u­ral

Re­sources grant for Phase II of Sup­plee Park.

If se­lected, the grant would pro­vide Dublin an 80/20 match for Phase II, which in­cludes in­stalling play­ground equip­ment, plant­ing trees and base­ball fiHOGV.

Ac­cord­ing to Bor­ough Man­ager Wil­liam Wert, Phase II is pro­jected to cost $329,220.

Ac­cord­ing to Wert, the en­tire pro­ject was orig­i­nally bud­geted for about $700,000, and cur­rently, the bor­ough will end up pay­ing about $200,000.

Smith said, “We’re ex­e­cut­ing our plan and at a lower bud­get than we orig­i­nally an­tic­i­pated.”

The next coun­cil meet­ing will be Aug. 12.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Dublin’s Re­vi­tal­iza­tion and Vi­sion­ing Plan, visit www.dublin­bor­ough.org.

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