Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The project has support from the municipality and the county, but some residents are opposed to it.
According to The Times Herald, the mixed-use, mixed-income apartment complex proposed by Philadelphia-based Pennrose Properties LLC received approval from Norristown's zoning hearing board Tuesday night for two variances requested for the project to go forward. Residents opposing the project had objected to more subsidized housing and the loss of parking, but according to the Herald, the zoning board noted that the county-owned lot was not guaranteed for use by locals and could be closed to area businesses at any time. They also noted that the board cannot consider whether a project is subsidized or not when making a decision. Read more about Tuesday's zoning board meeting here. --- Related Stories Letter to the Editor: Norristown Deserves…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Residents opposing the proposed mixed-income development have circulated on online petition in the hopes of stopping the project.
A proposed mixed-income development planned for DeKalb and Airy streets in Norristown (on the site of the county-owned parking lot) has drawn ire from some residents who feel the project – touted by the municipality as a boon to Norristown's burgeoning arts-oriented redevelopment – is actually a boondoggle. The development, proposed by Philadelphia-based Pennrose Properties LLC, is for a mixed-use, mixed-income apartment complex featuring 96 units (69 one-bedroom/loft and 27 two-bedroom apartments) and 5,000 square feet of ground-level retail space. To proceed, the developers need zoning board approval of two variances for use and parking. That matter will come before the zoning hearing board tonight at 7 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Firefighters Robert Myers and Andrew Pyles are being recognized for their part in a recent rescue from burning home in West Norriton.
Norristown Municipal Council meets again tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall at 235 East Airy Street. Among the items in the agenda for tonight's meeting is the award of valor commendations for two local firefighters for their role in a recent rescue of two residents from a burning home in West Norriton in January. Norristown firefighters assisted Jefferson Fire Company in West Norriton in a house fire on the 1400 block of Sterigere Street in the early morning hours of Jan. 19. Early on the scene, firefighters Robert Myers and Andrew Pyles reportedly entered the burning building to rescue a woman trapped inside. Vera Cavello, 90, later died of her injuries at the hospital. Myers and Pyles will be awarded …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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 …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Watch a recorded live stream of Tuesday's municipal council meeting in Norristown.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Residents opposed to the project are expected to voice their concerns at tonight's meeting.
Representatives from Fort Washington-based Westrum Development Company will meet with the community tonight at 7 p.m. at Evangel Assembly of God Church, 810 E. Marshall Street, to discuss the developer's plans for a new luxury apartment complex proposed for 900 Sandy Street. The 149-unit, four-story luxury apartment building with an underground parking garage and additional parking lot is being proposed for a 3.5 acres plot right next to recently re-occupied 770 Sandy Street. Westrum reportedly bought the site from P.H. Sentry Associates for $115,000 back in July. Westrum has already presented plans for the development to Norristown Municipal Council on several occasions to request zoning variances need for the project. David Carlisle, a…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Councilwoman DeSouza attacked the contract with municipal employees saying it doesn't hold code enforcement officers to a high enough standard and grants too many vacation days and holidays.
Council voted to approve a two-year contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) which represents municipal clerks and code enforcement and parking officers on Tuesday by a 5-1 vote. The lone dissenter was Councilwoman Dr. Mary DeSouza, who voiced her opposition to the already negotiated contract, stating that it doesn't hold code enforcement officers to a high enough standard and offers pay raises and vacation and holiday time that is too generous for the municipality's current budget. The contract is reportedly retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011 and includes 2% annual pay raises, 12 paid holidays and up to 100 days of paid sick leave time that can be accrued. DeSouza also objected to the continued …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Norristown Municipal Council heard several proposals for new development projects at last night's meeting.
According to The Times Herald, Norristown Municipal Council heard a proposal for a new apartment complex planned for 900 Sandy Street at Tuesday night's meeting by Fort Washington-based Westrum Development Company. The proposal was for a 149-unit, four-story luxury apartment building with an underground parking garage and additional parking lot on a total of 3.5 acres right next to recently re-occupied 770 Sandy Street. Westrum reportedly bought the site from P.H. Sentry Associates for $115,000 back in July. Council also heard a proposal from Norristown-based Barton Partners for a new townhome development at 1202 DeKalb Street. That plan involved 24 two-story homes, each with a one-car garage. The homes would reportedly sell for $155,000 …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Lower Providence Township had appealed to the courts after the zoning board gave a J.P. Mascaro & Sons subsidiary permission to put up the billboards at its headquarters in Audubon.
Judge Gary Silow ruled in favor of an appeal by Lower Providence Township on Monday, Sept. 4 in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, banning a local company from constructing a billboard on its property. The township opposed the Lower Providence Zoning Hearing Board’s decision that allowed the construction of billboards on the J.P. Mascaro & Sons corporate headquarters’ property in Audubon. The Zoning Hearing Board’s decision was made on Jan. 27, 2011, where J.P. Mascaro & Sons would allow the property manager, MB Investments, to construct two “V-shaped” billboards, each with a static and digital side. J.P. Mascaro & Sons is a family-owned and operated waste management company. Its corporate headquarters is located at 2650 …