Sunday, February 24, 2013
Read the commission's agenda for Monday.
Lower Merion Township's Historical Commission will review two proposals for two-story additions in Bryn Mawr homes at its meeting Monday. It will also review one in Villanova. 324 Avon Road, Class 2, Bryn Mawr — 2013-CU-9 A conditional use request to construct a new two-car detached garage and a front porch that encroach into the required 50 foot front yard setback. 310 Fishers Road, Pembroke Farms Lodge, Class 2, Bryn Mawr — 2013-R-6 A proposal to construct a two-story addition on the rear of the existing home. 1200 Spring Mill Road, Mt Pleasant, Class 2, Villanova — 2013-R-8 A proposal to demolish an existing addition from the rear of the home, demolish the existing detached garage and shed and construct a new two-story addition and a …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Bids could be sent out by early summer, according to Lower Merion Director of Libraries Christine Steckel.
After months of apparent radio silence, plans to renovate Gladwyne Library may soon be moving ahead. At Wednesday night’s Library Committee meeting of the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners, Director of Libraries Christine Steckel provided an updated timeline for renovations. Steckel said Justin Kimball, president of the Gladwyne Library Board, has informed her that the library board has been discussing the renovation project, though discussion has taken longer than anticipated. The Gladwyne Library Board and the township government have been working on a legal agreement to govern the renovation of the privately owned building. The board expects to finalize their response to Lower Merion on Feb. 12. A public meeting is tentatively …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Prudential Fox & Roach compared statistics for 2012 to the three previous years.
Home sales in 2012 increased in Lower Merion and Narberth as well as in Montgomery County and southeastern Pennsylvania, according to a report from the real estate company Prudential Fox & Roach. The company's statistics show the following: The township saw 765 home sales last year, up 22 percent from the 627 sales in 2011. The figure also represented a 33 percent increase over the 574 sales of 2009. The median sale price ticked up, too, from $470,000 in 2011 to $497,000 in 2012. The borough had 55 sales in 2012, up 25 percent from 2011's 44 sales. Both figures still are well short of the 102 sales seen in 2009. Narberth's median home sale price increased year to year from $355,000 to $380,000. After two years of declines, MontCo saw a …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Winter conditions and freezing temperatures are expected through to next week in our area.
According to a release issued by Montgomery County, the Code Blue severe weather warning issued last week will continue through 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. A Code Blue Cold Weather declaration is made in Montgomery County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter. A Code Blue indicates a combination of air temperature and wind chill is anticipated to be 20ºF or less. Friday's forecast for Lower Merion indicates that snow is likely, with a low of 21ºF. For more information and general cold weather information, check the Montgomery County Health Department website.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Statistics are provided by Prudential Fox & Roach.
Overall, Lower Merion and Narberth had 61 home sales this December, same as in November and up from 56 in December 2011, according to a report from Prudential Fox & Roach. The most dramatic year-to-year gain was in Wynnewood, where 15 homes sold in December, up from 6 homes sold in December 2011. (In November and December combined, 30 Wynnewood properties sold, up from nine in November and December 2011.) Haverford had 44 sales, down from 51 in November and 50 in December 2011. Throughout the entire Main Line, 204 homes sold in November, down from 215 in November but up from 189 in December 2011. Median sale prices in December for the neighborhoods Prudential Fox & Roach tracks are as follows:
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The website shows median incomes in census blocks.
A website called Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks is using U.S. Census Bureau data to color-code census tracts on a map according to median income. As might be expected, the neighborhoods of Lower Merion and Narberth are mostly to the "Rich Blocks" end of the spectrum, in shades of green, rather than the reds of the lower-income areas. Users type in a location to pull up its map and can click on each census tract to see the details. Median incomes are expressed with margins of error, since the data comes from American Community Survey sampling. The middle-class income range for Pennsylvania is listed as $44,000 to $53,000, and Lower Merion and Narberth's neighborhoods mostly fall above that range. Local census tracts' median incomes are listed as …
Monday, January 14, 2013
A section of Stony Lane will be closed during the day.
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, through Friday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, Stony Lane in Gladwyne will be closed from Spring Mill Road to North Lane, Lower Merion Township spokesman Tom Walsh said. The closure of the road near Philadelphia Country Club is prompted by Aqua PA water-main replacement. Emergency vehicles will not have access during those hours, Walsh said.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Lower Merion and Narberth residents and workers found themselves at the center of stories this year.
Plenty of people who live and work in Lower Merion and Narberth made big news in 2012; here's Patch's list of just 10 of them. Check back later in the month for a list of the year's biggest stories, too.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Find out when students in your Lower Merion or Narberth neighborhood will be moving out for winter break — and when they'll be back.
Mid- to late December ... 'tis the season of college finals, the end of fall semesters and (some) students skipping town for a while. In Lower Merion and Narberth, the first school to let out, Harcum College, ends its semester Friday. Five other colleges finish over the following week, including three next Friday, Dec. 21. See below for the full list of when local colleges and universities will dismiss for the winter and resume with their spring semesters, according to their academic calendars:
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Local neighborhoods are diverse in their diversity.
Statistical reports on Lower Merion and Narberth residents' international roots—such as birthplaces, ancestries and languages spoken at home—are among the vast array of data in the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey. The five-year survey, produced by sample interviews from 2007 through 2011, was released last week. Among the notable results: Most common ancestry The following are ancestries reported in more than 10 percent of residents' responses: Which of these numbers surprise you? Tell us in the comments section below.