The Gay Street Bridge in Phoenixville has received a facelift and a soon-to-be new name – the Veterans Memorial Gay Street Bridge. The bridge, due to be reopened Oct. 16, has been under construction since April 2008. Both pedestrian and vehicular travel will be restored between downtown Phoenixville and North Side. Just in time for the Firebird Festival.
With Phoenixville’s downtown business district vacancy rate at its highest since 2003, Main Street-CDC Executive Director Barry Cassidy said business recruitment preparations have begun. The current vacancy rate in the downtown district is close to 25 percent, which is up from the slightly over 23 percent when Cassidy arrived in Phoenixville in December 2003. Cassidy said stores and businesses he’d like to see come to the downtown district include a women’s apparel boutique, women’s shoes, men’s apparel, a full-service bakery, a brand shop, a high-end restaurant and some eclectic stores that he said are “one-of-a-kind specific to an arts and entertainment district.”
The Phoenixville revitalization will remain stalled until such merchants migrate to the main drag. The residents of the surrounding community are eagerly awaiting their arrival.
After years of planning and discussion, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt the Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) ordinance. [Read more...]
The long-anticipated slip ramp from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Route 29 could be detoured – again. Environmental permits are delaying the construction of a slip ramp connecting the PA turnpike and Route 29. The delay is being caused by unsettled storm water management issues. Construction on the project was scheduled to begin this spring, but has been pushed back to fall with completion planned for 2010, according to estimates on the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Web site. The slip ramp will consist of four ramps, westbound on and off and eastbound on and off. Officials believe that the ramp will offset traffic problems in the area.
Main Street in Phoenixville will be closed for at least two weeks while a contactor raises the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge atop it in preparation for the demolition of the Gay Street Bridge. Gay Street will be closing in about two to three months; somewhere between mid-March to mid-April.
Source: Daily Local News; 2/1/2008
Phoenixville officials approved final budget for 2008 that calls for a 14.8 percent increase in property taxes and 3.5 percent increases in sewer and water rates.
PECO’s Green Region program will award a $5,000 grant for the design of a new walking trail for Chester County. The path will connect the Phoenixville High School and Middle School, the Pickering Preserve and the Phoenixville YMCA.
Voters across Pennsylvania voted overwhelmingly against Act 1 referendum questions during last Tuesday’s primary election. Only four of Pennsylvania’s 498 school districts, including Bristol Borough in
County, approved the tax shift designed to provide homeowners with greater reductions in property taxes.
Pennsylvania’s Taxpayer Relief Act (ACT 1) mandated that school districts place a referendum question on the May 15, 2007 primary election ballot asking voters whether earned income (EIT) or personal income (PIT) taxes should be increased, or instituted for the purpose of reducing real estate taxes on qualified residential properties. All school districts in Pennsylvania, other than Philadelphia, Pittsburg and
Scranton, are required to place a referendum question on the ballot. Click here to see the referendum question and result for each school district in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and
Phoenixville Hospital celebrated the official groundbreaking for its new hospital tower and parking garage. Many state and county officials were present to support the expansion, which includes a three-level parking garage, emergency room improvements, surgery expansion, diagnostic imaging/cath lab expansion, women’s services expansion, and a new central mechanical plant. The expansion will increase the number of beds from 143 to 153.
Pennsylvania’s Taxpayer Relief Act (Act 1) referendum questions available on SRA (Suburban REALTORS Alliance) website
Pennsylvania’s Taxpayer Relief Act (ACT 1) mandates that school districts place a referendum question on the May 15, 2007 primary election ballot asking voters whether earned income (EIT) or personal income (PIT) taxes should be increased, or instituted for the purpose of reducing real estate taxes on qualified residential properties. All school districts in Pennsylvania, other than Philadelphia, Pittsburg and
Scranton, are required to place a referendum question on the ballot. The Suburban REALTORS® Alliance (SRA) is urging voters to educate themselves about ACT 1 and the important tax-shifting referendum questions. · Click here to view the referendum questions appearing on the ballot in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and
Counties· Click here to access the SRA’s “Act 1 Primer- Understanding the Question on your May Ballot”