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Business Development Articles

Officials excited about Ridge Pike-Main Street revitalization
Details of Rep. Joe Webster’s community policy hearing on Revitalizing the Ridge Pike-Main Street Corridor: From the West Norriton line to Upper Providence.

Momentum in Malvern: How a sleepy Chester County borough is turning into “a destination for restaurants”
Have more restaurants ruined Malvern? Can new restaurants coexist with old? This PI article puts the past 20 years in perspective.

Could Pottstown see a Phoenixville-like rebirth?
Summary of Pottstowns ongoing community development efforts over the last few decades and where they stand today.

Perkasie has the three components of a flourishing community
Perkasie Borough economic development consultant Barth Consulting Group’s report to Perkasie Borough Council.

Consultants tout tactics to Lansdale Economic Development Committee
A pair of economic development consultants have made their pitch to Lansdale officials to help turn the town around.

More than mushrooms: Kennett Square squeezes more shops, people in a tiny borough
One of “the most beautiful towns” in PA the 1 sq mile borough is chockablock with shops, restaurants, small businesses, and a bustling downtown.

Hearing on Perk Valley Regional Police Force draws crowd
A public hearing on a proposal to form a regional police force among four Perkiomen Valley municipalities at Perkiomen Valley Middle School West.

In Chester County, luxury apartments for some, lost homes for others
Commercial and residential rebirth in Phoenixville has a downside for middle income residents. Affordable Housing Task Force seeks solutions.

At Villanova, a full-court press to improve town-gown relations
Villanova and surrounding communities adjust to each other. Of note in the article: Villanova survey results and Villanova Dines Out! Restaurant Week.

Intersection Improvements Planned for Both Sides of the Perkiomen Bridge
Report with slides on PennDOT’s public plan display at Methacton HS November 14th.

Can Phoenixville’s Success Happen in Pottstown?
Hobart’s Run and The Hill School workshop with Phoenixville Revitalization’s Manny DeMutis and Barry Cassidy.

Phoenixville coffeehouse owners to open in-house brewery, adding to Chesco’s craft beer scene
Steel City Coffeehouse to add beer.

Souderton market promises Main Street revitalization
Developer plans to turn 12,000 sq ft building into a multi-use market.

Addendum: The North End Market Building Overview video.

Stakeholders weigh in on New Hope revitalization
Barth Consulting Group presents business survey findings.

How Phoenixville was able to rise from the ashes — and what other towns can learn from it
Title says it all.

Can borough pride propel Bridgeport’s long-awaited transformation?
Bridgeport Mayor Mark Barbee takes advantage of the work done by his predecessors.

With a food and booze revolution, Phoenixville rises again
Title says it all.

How 3 Pa. towns joined forces to save money … and land
Newtown, Upper Makefield, and Wrightstown Townships in Bucks county come together to confront regional challenges.

Explainer: Cities, boroughs, and townships, oh my! Pa. municipalities clarified
Do you live in a city? A borough? A township? The type of municipality plays a large role in the way it’s governed.

How to Get Rid of Parking Minimums: Phoenixville, PA
From the article: “If you go to towns that aren’t successful, they have tons of free parking.” And if you go to towns with no free parking, it’s much more likely that they’re successful.


Regional Rail Articles

The Mayor’s Task Force on Rail Transportation Virtual Town Hall
The Mayor’s Task Force on Rail Transportation met on April 22, 2019 in Columbia Station to give a presentation and panel discussion on the restoration of commuter rail service to the Phoenixville Area! One hour and 12 minutes long.

See the summary in Evan Brandt’s Mercury and Digital Notebook articles below.

Higher property values could pay for return of commuter rail to Phoenixville
At town hall style meeting and online, Phoenixville’s Mayor’s Task Force on Rail Transportation explained how financing for the project would work.

All Aboard: Return of Rail Meeting Draws Crowd
At town hall style meeting and online, Phoenixville’s Mayor’s Task Force on Rail Transportation explained how financing for the project would work.

Though expensive, the King of Prussia rail line is necessary | Opinion
Three regional thought leaders advocate for continuing the effort to bring regional rail to King of Prussia despite the obstacles.

Task Force Confident Phoenixville Passenger Rail Will Happen
Title says it all.

Norfolk Southern Says No To Phoenixville Passenger Rail Proposal
Specifically, to the proposal as it is.

Task force looks to return rail service to Phoenixville
There is more detail on the rail project in this article. Also talks about funding and a demonstration program.

Phoenixville Rail Project Taking Shape; 3 New Stations Proposed
Title says it all.


Montgomery County Planning Resources

Planning Smarter MONTCO 2019
Montco Planning Commission initiative to provide important information about planning; enabling local leaders and citizens to better plan for the future of their municipalities.

2018 MCPC Annual Report (pdf)
Highlights of the Montgomery County Planning Commission’s achievements in 2018.