Township Miscellany

While there’s a ceasefire for now in the development war that recently broke out over the Super Wawa, Wednesday’s board of commissioners meeting provided signals that the skirmishing may be far from over.  When residents on both sides of the issue raised concerns over its current ambiguous status, the commissioners were mum on next steps, […]

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Work Starts on Elkins Park Business District Traffic Triangle

Work began this week in the Elkins Park (East) neighborhood business district to enlarge the traffic island opposite the train station on the Park Avenue side.   The primary aim of the project is to improve traffic flow and public safety, according to Township Manager Bryan Havir. The changes will include some aesthetic enhancements, including a […]

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Wawa Zoning Issue Pulled from Wed. Night Board Agenda

By early afternoon on Tuesday the Cheltenham Township commissioners were informed that board President Harvey Portner had pulled an item from the Wednesday board agenda that could have begun a fast track for the Wawa development project, now mired in an appeal in the Court of Common Pleas. The issue, a surprise zoning amendment that […]

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Decision on 1900 Ashbourne ‘Conditional Use’ Zoning Delayed

Announcement of the zoning decision involving an unusual “conditional use” application for 145 multi-family unit condos on Ashbourne Road near Washington Lane has been set back until September 3.  According to Township Solicitor Joe Bagley, the township has a verbal OK from the developer, Swift & Choi, and is awaiting their agreement in writing.  The […]

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Ordinance Proposed to Bypass Zoning Hearing Board Process for Super Wawa Project on Commissioners’ Agenda Wed. Night

An attempt to fast track a surprise zoning proposal that would likely secure the Super Wawa development project on Route 309 in Wyncote, currently under appeal, has sparked considerable controversy across the township and again appears to be fanning the flames of the ongoing debate on appropriate development. The proposal first came to light at a […]

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Elkins Estate Project Passes Major Zoning Hurdle

The first major step in what could be the transformation of the Elkins Estate from a historic property with little economic base and an uncertain future to one that is commercially viable and retains its most spectacular Gilded Age buildings was taken Tuesday night.  The Cheltenham Board of Commissioners passed three zoning and development-related ordinances […]

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Commissioners to Decide Tuesday on Exclusive Zoning for Elkins Estate

Cheltenham’s historic properties like the Elkins Estate and Lynnewood Hall stem from a time when the township was the playground of the tycoons of the Gilded Age.  Now the question may well be whether a leafy inner-ring suburb striving to secure its fiscal footing can attract the wealthy once again – but in a very […]

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Are You Hungry, Wyncote?

Wyncote has been on a compulsory diet since the closing of Linda Jean’s in June, but there’s hope.  Restaurant-based nourishment is on the way.  Opening up in the old Linda Jean’s space at 109 Greenwood Ave. (just off the corner at Glenside Avenue) is Main Street Pizzeria & Grille. Jay Tornetta and his wife Jennifer […]

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Hardware Store in Glenside Closes, but New Occupant Could be on the Way

The hardware store in Glenside, a longtime fixture in the business district, is vacant and closed. “They just emptied it out” last Thursday, said Maureen Haff, proprietor of Sweet Magnolia, the gift shop nearby on Easton Road. Word is, however, that the owner of the property at 127 S. Easton Road is in negotiations with […]

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Prospects for Lynnewood Hall, Other Projects, Spur Talk of Commercial Development Direction in Cheltenham

  It’s been just over two weeks since Lynnewood Hall, the stately but sadly deteriorated Neoclassical Revival mansion opposite the Elkins Park post office on Ashbourne Road, went on the market.  The timing of the move, long awaited by many after years of legal wrangling and underinvestment, appears to be part of a dynamic moment […]

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