Township adopts map of historic resources

posted Mon, Jul 25, 2011

By MARCELLA PEYRE-FERRY, Special to the Daily Local News

PENN — Appeals are expected following the June adoption of a new historic resources map that accompanies a zoning ordinance passed in 2004.

Among provisions in the historic resources ordinance adopted seven years ago are regulations about demolishing or removing buildings identified as historical resources. Over the course of several years, the township's historical commission developed a list of significant structures, but no official map was adopted.

The map that township supervisors recently approved includes 18 locations in the Jennersville area with 11 different property owners involved. Among the sites is the Red Rose Inn and the homes immediately beside it and directly across the street. Eight other locations are between Old Baltimore Pike and the Route One Bypass around the Conard-Pyle nursery.

In three cases, buildings on the map are noted as no longer existing, and property owner Maria Anzaldo told township officials that the parcel shown as hers is not her land and that her actual property is not marked as included.

"If there is any inaccuracy, we can make a revision to it," Township Solicitor Sam McMichael responded.

McMichael said anyone who believes the map is incorrect may explain their situation to the historical commission, which can recommend changes that should be made to township supervisors.

The same process will be used for anyone appealing their inclusion in the district.

Larry Waltman, a commission member who was involved in identifying the historic properties, told the supervisors he does not want his property or his parents' buildings in the district.

The Waltman parcels are of particular interest because that area could be used for future expansion of the adjoining shopping center. Prohibitions on the removal of those buildings could affect a future sale.

The audience for the hearing on the map adoption expressed a range of concerns. They asked about the long delay between the adoption of the ordinance and the map, why it the map covers only Jennersville instead of the entire township and how the historic properties were selected.

The criteria for selection goes back to work done with the Chester County Historical Commission to note every building more than 50 years old.

"It should be 100 years old; 1900 would be a good cut-off date of what's historical," Waltman said.

In spite of public requests to delay adoption until the map could be reviewed for corrections, it was approved by the supervisors and becomes effective today, July 25.

The 10-member historical commission has not met recently but will be convened when needed for the appeals process, officials say.

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