Chalfont, Pa. - SEPTA station could anchor revitalization
- The SEPTA Regional Rail station at Chalfont Borough in suburban Bucks County north of Philadelphia could anchor a downtown revitalization program, the "philly burbs dot com" site reports. The station is seen by a consulting firm as the key to transit-oriented development [TOD]. Chalfont is served by the Lansdale/Doylestown Regional Rail route:
And the news story:
"Chalfont hears details of revitalization plan
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:00 am
Updated: 10:00 am, Wed Jun 12, 2013.
By Freda R. Savana Staff Writer
Carl Kosola / Staff Photographer
A train comes into the station at Chalfont Train station last year. Chalfont is seeking revitalization proposals that emphasize the train station as a focal point for the community.
Chalfont hopes to capitalize on its SEPTA train station in its efforts to revitalize the borough's downtown.
With the small community's rich history and architecture, representatives from Delta Development Group told the borough council Tuesday, Chalfont can renew its economic vitality.
The Mechanicsburg-based consulting firm conducted an extensive study of the community and held a number of public workshops during several months to determine what is needed to redevelop the heart of Chalfont.
In its transit-oriented development plan, the company said many communities such as Chalfont have been hurt by "disinvestment in traditional downtowns."
Still, through proper zoning, tax credits, public investment and appropriate public and private funding, the town can successfully "create a synergy around its train station," explained the study.
Today, Chalfont is hampered by broken sidewalk networks, lack of restaurants and other downtown shopping destinations.
Both its gateways are marred with abandoned buildings, although the eastern corner, at Bristol Road and Butler Avenue, is scheduled for redevelopment this year.
However, the consultants said, Chalfont has "good bones" and can enhance its "sense of place" with better streetscaping, crosswalks, public places, signage and sidewalks.
"When people feel safe and comfortable they will spend more time," said the project manager.
Councilman Eric Raffle questioned whether some of Chalfont's redevelopment problems are the cause or the result of disinvestment.
In the end, he suggested, the borough's biggest problem is traffic getting around the community.
"There is no one answer," offered the consulting team.
Meanwhile, SEPTA has posted a travel advisory for riders using the Chalfont Station 101-space parking facility:
"NOTICE | Temporary Change in Parking Access, Beginning Friday, June 14 until Wednesday, June 19, 2013: Due to Municipal Water Authority sewer construction on Sunset Ave., passengers who wish to park at Chalfont Station should access the parking lot using Swartz Ave. or Maple Ave. from Main St. during the above noted times. During this same time, weekday mid-day shuttle buses will be provided from the intersection of Main St. & Butler Ave."
Edward B. Havens