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Proposal for Adolescent Group Home on Bent Road Sparks Latest Neighborhood Zoning Flare-up

Zoning controversies in these parts are typically about development proposals for relatively large projects seeking regulatory relief that surrounding residents may believe will result in a scale or density level that will undermine the character of their neighborhood.  Usually...
Posted On Apr 07 2015
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Wyncote Scores 3rd in List of 10 Best Philly ‘Burbs

A real estate website recently named Wyncote the third most appealing Philadelphia suburb.  Movoto used a range of specific criteria to come up with  its selections. Their list of 10 suburban stars was based on: amenities per capita; standard of living (cost of living, median...
Posted On Apr 03 2015
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Terminated Fireman Takes Hostages at La Mott Fire House, then Surrenders

A just terminated fire fighter entered the La Mott Fire House this morning and held several of his former fellow volunteers hostage at gunpoint in the basement of the facility. Cheltenham Police responded, securing the perimeter outside, and on the basis of information from fire...
Posted On Mar 31 2015
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Elkins Park Train Station Robbed Last Week

A ticket agent at SEPTA’s Elkins Park Train Station was subdued and robbed late Wednesday morning of last week as she was locking up for the day. About 11:45 a.m. two men entered the station office and shoved a  female employee into the ticket booth and placed her hands...
Posted On Mar 30 2015
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Arcadia to Convert Glenside Law Offices into Classroom Space

Arcadia University is moving ahead to covert law offices into classroom and ancillary space on a property at the corner of Easton Road and Royal Avenue that some months ago was steeped in a neighborhood development controversy involving a different use and potential owner. The...
Posted On Mar 26 2015
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Arcadia Seeks to Lease and Upgrade McDevitt Ball Field

by Edie Cerebi Township Manager Bryan Havir and his staff will meet this week with Arcadia University officials and  neighbors of Bishop McDevitt High School to discuss outstanding issues related to proposed improvements to the large athletic field behind the high school on Royal...
Posted On Mar 25 2015
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Cheltenham Township Passes Zoning for Laverock’s Falcon Hill Project

After seven years and a string of alternative proposals, the long disputed development project for Laverock Hill, now rechristened Falcon Hill, has secured zoning approval in Cheltenham Township.  The project’s latest iteration has 18 (possibly 17) single family units plus...
Posted On Mar 24 2015
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Assailant Charged in Domestic Murder Found Dead

The tragedy of the murder of an Elkins Park woman and mother of two children last week in a domestic dispute has been compounded.  Cheltenham police and the Montgomery County DA’s office announced Sunday that Stanley Laing, who was charged with the crime while still at...
Posted On Mar 08 2015
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Murder in Elkins Park Domestic Violence Incident

A shooting late Wednesday afternoon in Elkins Park resulted in the death of Indra Sheets.   When police officers arrived at her home at 220 Sunnybrook Ave., Sheets was suffering from two gunshot wounds.  She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cheltenham Police...
Posted On Mar 06 2015
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Aqua Water Main Project on Church Road Could Run through April

The hope was that the pipe replacement phase of Aqua America’s water main project around Church Road in Elkins Park would be completed by December.   Then the schedule was pushed back to the end of January. However, in the last few weeks some streets around Church Road were...
Posted On Feb 27 2015
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Township Seeks $6 Million to Relocate Public Works and Free Up Prime Development Site

Cheltenham Township is going after a $6 million state redevelopment grant to build a new Public Works Department facility.  But the real point of the project is not about Public Works but the development potential of the site it would be vacating. The northeast corner of the...
Posted On Feb 26 2015
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Auto Repair Shop Turned Down for Zoning Help in La Mott Historic District

by Edie Cerebi Finding that the applicant “created its own  ‘hardship,'” the Cheltenham Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) in December denied the request of Stenton Property, LCC for variances that would have allowed the company to build an auto repair center on the property at the...
Posted On Feb 23 2015
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Lagging Flood Control Projects May be Picking Up Steam . . . Again

Storm waters can rush downstream with astonishing speed, but Cheltenham Township has come to learn that flood control projects proceed with far less urgency. A year ago at a public meeting at Glenside Hall the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) reported that the Tookany Creek...
Posted On Feb 17 2015
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Deal Falls Through for Hardware Store Tenant in Glenside

Ready to get your Glenside hardware store back on Easton Road?  Property owner Joe Laird and his daughter Diane Garrison have been working on it since June, when a hardware store operator came to them before the space was even vacant.  All this time the prospective tenant was...
Posted On Feb 17 2015
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Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station on Track for Improvements; Meeting Set for Jan. 28

by Edie Cerebi The concerted efforts of local governmental and community groups are paying off in a big way for the historic Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station.  Attention was first called to the deteriorating conditions last fall by the Cheltenham Chamber of Citizens, and since...
Posted On Jan 22 2015
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PECO Starts Tree Trimming to Limit Outages

Are you bracing for those power outages again this winter?  You know the routine.  Vulnerable trees splinter and broken limbs end up hugging power lines and the next thing you know, that fireplace you like to crank up to stay cozy on Saturday nights is your sole source of heat. ...
Posted On Jan 16 2015
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Districtwide Facilities Plan Enters Picture Near Crunch Time for Cedarbrook Decision

Tuesday night’s Cheltenham school board meeting, the fourth Cedarbrook-focused meeting in the last six weeks, was to be the moment of decision that would kick-start the Cedarbrook Middle School project into an accelerated high focus after months of seeming fits a...
Posted On Jan 15 2015
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Democrats Pick Political Newcomer for Ward 2 Commissioner

An unusual Democratic ward committee vote last night determined that Baron Holland of Wyncote would succeed Art Haywood in the Ward 2 commissioner seat.  Haywood was sworn in last week into the PA Senate in Harrisburg. In most instances party committees make endorsements for...
Posted On Jan 13 2015
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Cheltenham Zoning Overhaul Heads to Final Stage

Township Manager Bryan Havir reported at this week’s Building and Zoning Committee meeting that a final draft of a new zoning ordinance and map could be completed and ready for presentation to the committee as soon as February. The Select Committee, a small group of...
Posted On Jan 09 2015
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Kerlin Farm Housing Project Back to Square One?

The once controversial Kerlin Farm housing development proposal, which gained zoning approval back in March 2013 in a split vote by the zoning hearing board, may be back in the simmering cauldron of confusion and public scrutiny.  The plan was to build 79 multi-family units on...
Posted On Dec 23 2014
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