Streetscape project prompts com­plaints over aes­thet­ics

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA -

side of the lake.

“It’s noth­ing like we expected,” she said of the wall. “It looks very hap­haz­ard. If I was an out­sider, I’d say, ‘They started a project and they ran out of money.’”

Ruttle said there is not enough money to make a con­tin­u­ous wall.

pharer wants to know what the fi­nal project will look like. As it is now, “It doesn’t look good,” she said. The phar­ers ac­tu­ally own part of the lakeside next to the li­brary.

As one of the stake­hold­ers, pharer wants her voice heard. Other stake­hold­ers are the vard­ley His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, pt. An­dres’s Church, the poci­ety of Friends and Cam Troilo, who owns the ptar­bucks prop­erty at the cor­ner of Main ptreet and Afton Av­enue.

Tay­lor also said that “the sig­na­ture vi­sion across the lake to the old li­brary” is ob­scured by one of the four storm drains. The con­cerns reach be­yond the visual, though, Tay­lor said.

“There are var­i­ous con­di­tions along the lake shore that need to be made safer for pub­lic use, Tay­lor added. “And we’re con­cerned with con­tin­u­ing main­te­nance and the over­all health of the lake.”

Mean­while, Donna Hil­ton, pres­i­dent of the Friends of Lake Afton, said her group had pre­vi­ously given sig­nif­i­cant in­put in the streetscape project. This time there has not been enough com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the pub­lic, she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Hil­ton, there is a two-fold prob­lem now. “The aes­thet­ics are equally im­por­tant as the com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” she said.

Ben­benek said the pri­or­ity should be com­plet­ing the project while wor­ry­ing about mak­ing changes later.

Ruttle said the project will be com­pleted if for no other rea­son than the al­ter­na­tive is start­ing over, an op­tion the bor­ough can’t af­ford.

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