Applications available for Lower Merion affordable housing
The Lower Merion Affordable Housing Corporation, in cooperation with Lower Merion Township, has an affordable first-time homebuyers program that reduces monthly payments by providing a “soft” second mortgage at zero interest. The project has been funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program. Homebuyers must meet eligibility requirements, including income restrictions, acceptable credit and savings for down-payment and closing costs. The program’s next available home is a four bedroom, single family, semi-detached home in Ardmore. Special preference will be given to people who currently live or work in Lower Merion, veterans and active Lower Merion volunteer firefighters. Contact Genesis Housing (www.genesishousing.org) at 610-275-4357 for an application or visit www.lowermerion.org to download the application from the Building and Planning Department page. The application window runs from March 17 to April 22, 2011.
Source: Lower Merion Township; 3/15/2011
Narberth sets flood-map meeting
Narberth Borough will hold an informational meeting to discuss how proposed FEMA flood map changes will affect borough residents. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at Borough Hall, 100 Conway Ave. Narberth has one Class A flood district and the map revisions have added seven more properties to the flood-risk map. The added properties can take advantage of grandfathered flood insurance rates prior to the adoption of the proposed maps. The proposed map will be posted on www.narberthborough.com.
Source: Main Line Times; 3/17/2011
Norristown launches new website
Norristown recently announced the launch of the new www.Norristown.org municipal website. The previous site had been taken down due to inaccurate and out of date information. The updated website features scrolling pictures of Main Street, Arts Hill, Marshall Street and the upcoming 2012 Bicentennial celebration. The site features an “I want to…” section that will allow for payment of parking tickets online, filing of property maintenance complaints, and reporting of potholes, among other services. The building and code enforcement page features downloadable permits applications.
Source: The Times Herald; 3/21/2011
Air base land applications filed
On the final day that applications were to be accepted for possible use of the Willow Grove Naval Air Station land, 16 applications were filed. Among the applicants was the Bucks County Airport Authority, which requested 681 of the available 892 acres. The authority proposes to keep the runway open and utilize the remaining land for a corporate business park. Montgomery County requested up to 540 acres in a separate application that would keep the runway open for general aviation. The Hatboro-Horsham School District submitted a proposal for 60 acres to be used for athletic fields, educational facilities and administrative offices. Other applications came from Horsham Township and the Horsham Sewer and Water Authority. The Horsham Land Reuse Authority will review the applications and has until December to submit a plan to the Department of Defense and the Department of Urban Housing and Development for final approval. The next Horsham Land Reuse Authority meeting is scheduled for April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Horsham Township Building.
Source: The Intelligencer; 3/23/2011