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Council Meets Tonight for Public Hearing on Zoning for Kennedy-Kenrick Grounds

Council will hear testimony regarding a Retirement Community Overly zoning district proposed for the former Kennedy-Kenrick High School property.

Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 E. Airy Street, and among the business on tonight's agenda will be a public hearing on the Retirement Community (RC) zoning district proposed for the former Kennedy-Kenrick High School property at East Johnson Highway and Old Arch Road.

Pottstown-based developers Hallman Retirement Neighborhoods (HRN) plans build a senior housing development on the site that would include 46 housing units in the already-existing high school building, 3 three-story buildings that would hold 39 units each, 28 ranch-style homes and parking for 246 vehicles.

Council is also scheduled to adopt ordinances regarding delinquent taxes and amending the Home Rule Charter to raise the minimum amount Norristown would have to advertise for when it's seeking bids for purchases and contracts from $10,000 to $18,500. The matter was added as a ballot question in the November election and was passed.

Also on the agenda is a motion to introduce an ordinance amending Norristown's "Three Strikes" ordinance. The ordinance was designed to give the municipality an avenue for dealing with landlords whose tenants are considered repeat offenders by police when it comes to disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and other illegal behavior by requiring a landlord of a targeted property to develop a plan of action or be subject to a hearing at which the revocation of the rental license would be considered.

The ordinance was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union who sent a letter to the municipality arguing the ordinance denied landlords and tenants due process and threatening legal action. [Read more about the ordinance here.]

You can download the full agenda for tonight's meeting in our PDF section and check back at 7:30 p.m. for a live stream of the meeting.

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