The following was written by Lee Ann Miller, Revitalization Task Force chairperson:
will be holding a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the at Second Street and Church Street in Schwenksville. All are welcome, and area residents and business owners will have the opportunity to comment on proposed plans for Main Street and .
This is a followup to a meeting held a little more than a year ago on revitalization efforts in the borough. Much progress has been made since then as Borough Council, Parks Commission, Revitalization Task Force, Historic Committee Activity Committee and the Planning Commission have been working on various facets of the Borough’s 2010 Revitalization Plan.
Perhaps the most urgent of the concerns addressed will be a proposal for delineating parking spaces on Main Street, from Perkiomen Avenue north.
The plan, executed by the borough’s engineering firm of Gilmore & Associates, utilizes staggered parking and a 13-foot lane width. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials have been consulted, and will assist with implementation of the plan. Delineated parking has been a goal of Borough Council for several years, and is viewed by the Revitalization Task Force as vital to encouraging Main Street businesses.
Much planning is required prior to any improvements being made, and a summary of progress made in the Borough will be presented, along with two master plans. The master plan for Meadow Park is a long-range goal, which the borough will use to apply for grant money to make improvements. It features a walking path, play area, half-court basketball area and creek access along with improved drainage and handicap access.
A streetscaping plan for Main Street will also be presented. This is a work in progress and community input is requested. Landscaped buffers to shield off-street parking, sidewalk replacement, and other improvements are being suggested. All of these plans will also be available for view at Borough Hall, for at least two weeks following the meeting.