Photos taken by Bill Potts from left to right: The Rev. Liz Costello welcomes people, Jim Magaziner, President of the Historical Society of Ft. Washington opens the meeting, Peter Blood discussing the Harth development project
About 60 people attended the Harth meeting at St. Thomas’ Church last night. Peter Blood gave an excellent review of the proposed Harth apartment project using a powerpoint presentation. The meeting’s bottom line boils down to two main points: (1) We implore people (Whitemarsh, Springfield and UD residents) to come to the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug 22 at 7pm at 616 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill 19444. What is decided there will move directly to the Board of Supervisors for approval with no appeal. (2) if you cannot attend, (Whitemarsh, Springfield and UD) please send an email ASAP to the Board of Supervisors. The email addresses are on the attachment.
If you email, you could use the following points as reasons why you oppose Harth’s development:
I am opposed to Harth’s project for the following reasons: (1) The project would be built partially on a FEMA designated flood plain, (2) The bad traffic in the area can only get worse since the proposed development is directly across from the Lafayette Connector Road, (3) The proposed development is on an urban sized scale and the architecture is wall-like with only a 25 foot set back from Beth Pike.,(4) Harth’s Transportation Oriented Development concept allows for potentially up to 250 units versus current Village Commercial zoning which would only allow 30 units. I think 30 town homes is more appropriate for the space and for the community.
Please forward this email to friends, neighbors, lists, etc. since I do not have the email addresses of all attendees. ONLY YOU CAN STOP THE UNWANTED OVER-DEVELOPMENT OF OUR BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITIES. UNLIKE UD’s ST. MARY’s DEVELOPMENT WHICH SLIPPED IN THE BACK DOOR BEFORE EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION – THE TEXT AMMENDMENT LANGUAGE FOR HARTH HAS NOT YET BEEN APPROVED. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
I want to thank Rev. Marek Zabriskie for his idea and permission to use McColl Auditorium. My thanks to St. Thomas’ personnel who helped facilitate the meeting including Rev. Costello, Don Beistline, Anita Burke and Judy Lloyd. A special thanks to Bill Potts for his assistance!
Sincerely, James Magaziner, Pres., Historical Society of Fort Washington (610-505-2347)