Cheltenham Commissioners Approve Zoning Change for 1900 Ashbourne Condo Project

A mid-rise condominium project on an eight-acre parcel on Ashbourne Road near Washington Lane was approved for zoning relief Tuesday night by the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners.   The decision was the apparent culmination of a hearing process that began in February on an application for “conditional use” which allowed the developer to petition to override […]

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White Pines Theater Class Looks to Provide Openings for ‘Special’ Kids

What started as a casual inquiry is pointing the way toward a rich blending of theater and community-based education and service in Elkins Park. Karen Lecks Cohen and her daughter Isabel had been shopping at Creekside Co-op last March when they came out and noticed a sign across the street at White Pines Productions.   Next […]

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Labor Day Fire at Coventry House Apts. in Melrose Park

A small fire that caused much commotion and an extensive response from area fire companies broke out mid-morning Monday at the Coventry House Co-op apartments in Melrose Park. It turned out to be a “smoke fire” from a clothes dryer that was quickly subdued.  However, a firefighter and a resident were taken to an area […]

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Real Estate Round-up

The sale of the Elkins Estate by its longtime owners, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, will be closing shortly, according to Anne Lythgoe, special projects coordinator of the Sisters.   The buyer is Apeiron Holdings, which won passage of special zoning ordinances tailored to the property from the Cheltenham board of commissioners three weeks ago, setting in […]

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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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