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Perkiomen Board Moves Forward with Birchwood Purchase

Supervisors vote to sign agreement of sale, set public hearing for October 2

The voted to sign an agreement of sale on a 19.5-acre property on the south side of Bridge Street, part of the , during their August 7 meeting.

“Just signing the agreement doesn’t make it a done deal, but it is certainly the first step in doing so,” said Perkiomen Township Solicitor Kenneth Picardi.

Township Manager Cecile Daniel said the township offered $250,000 for the property, the appraised value, which was accepted by the property’s owner, Susan Mruskovic. 

Daniel stated the price does not include the catering business that Mruskovic runs from the property, and that open space funds will be used for the purchase.

The next steps in the purchase include the board’s approval of a planning commission recommendation and a public hearing regarding the expenditure of open space funds, according to Picardi.

Township Supervisor Dean Becker made the motion to have Board Chairman Gordon MacElhenney sign the agreement of sale, allowing for any small necessary changes.

“I am eager to see this done, I think we all agree on that, because we all voted on it,” said Becker.

Becker also pushed to approve setting the public meeting in conjunction with the board’s October meeting, which will be held on October 2. The motion was approved and notice will be distributed, pending any unforeseen issues in the process.

Lee September 12, 2012 at 07:39 PM
There may come a time when townships are setting aside too much open space, hindering more people from the freedom to chose to live in rural suburbs. Open space proponents always report that open space increases existing property values, but you don't want to have houses prices above what young families can afford. I hope that is not the point. Limiting unsightly commercial development can be good, but have you noticed for instance how few gas stations there are out our way?
Brittany Tressler September 13, 2012 at 03:58 PM
That is certainly an interesting question, particularly in this area. Here is a link to the Montgomery County Open Space Board plans for the County, which I found interesting.

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