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West Norriton Commissioners to Discuss YMCA Tonight

Tonight's West Norriton Commissioners' meeting has been moved to the Jeffersonville Golf Club to accommodate the expected crowd.

The West Norriton Commissioners will be taking up the topic of the proposed YMCA facility at the Markley Farm Tract at tonight's 7 p.m. commissioners meeting, but due to the expected crowd, the venue has been changed to the .

Resident's are still sharply divided on the $19 million, 85,000-square-foot facility the YMCA is planning to build on the site of the former Markley Farms Swim & Tennis Club, for which the YMCA has an agreement of sale for $3 million.

Supporters say the new facility will bring much-needed recreational opportunities to the area, while detractors oppose the project saying it will bring excessive traffic and additional costs to the township.

The commissioners are involved because the YMCA is requesting for 24 acres of the 56-acre tract to be rezoned for recreational use like the adjacent land housing the swim club.

Both sides are urging residents to attend tonight's meeting to learn the facts about the project and weigh in on the issue. You can read more about the proposed facility and both sides of the argument in .

You can also read more about the traffic study commissioned by the YMCA and other issues up before the commissioners at tonight's meeting on The Times Herald's website.

Amanda March 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I am against the re-zoning for the Y. We already have a township park with walking trails right across from this site which are open to everyone. People who say we need what the Y is offering obviously must not live here. There are many places in the township for youth and family activities including multiple parks and fields. All of the programs the Y wants to bring to West Norriton are already offered by the township and at a much lower cost to residents than the Y's $1100 family membership.
Feodor Tiorlenko March 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM
West Norriton residents.....ignorant. Put up a foundry or a townhouse project. They deserve it.

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