Rock Hill Road Closure
Rock Hill Road in Lower Merion Township will experience partial closures through Dec. 12 due to development of an apartment building on the 131-151 blocks. Traffic will be prohibited from Conshohocken State Road to Belmont Avenue via Rock Hill Road. Businesses between Belmont Avenue and 151 Rock Hill Road can be accessed from Belmont Avenue, and businesses and residences between Conshohocken State Road and 131 Rock Hill Road can be reached from Conshohocken State Road. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commissioner George Manos at George@gtmanos.com
BMW Development on Bala Avenue
Complete reconstruction of BMW of the Main Line’s showroom and service operations on Bala Avenue is underway and will continue until Fall 2015. Construction remains on schedule, with rock hammering to be completed by early November. The temporary public parking area will be resurfaced and fully returned to public use shortly. Ultimately, covered public parking will be provided on the first floor of the BMW parking structure facing Bala Avenue, and fronting onto a new pocket park with canopy trees, planting beds and seating.
Bala Village ReZoning
Adopted on 17 September 2014, new zoning regulations are now in effect for Bala Village. The rezoning is intended to stimulate revitalization of the Bala Avenue corridor, from Montgomery Avenue to City Avenue, make the corridor more attractive to pedestrian shoppers. Outdated uses have been removed and automobile-focused uses will not be permitted in the future. Building heights have been adjusted downward, and mixed-use development - comprising mainly retail on ground floors and residential above - are encouraged by way of incentives. Great care was taken to respect and preserve the residential character of surrounding neighborhoods, while still allowing retail-oriented development. Lastly, thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Bala Cynwyd community and Commissioners Brian McGuire and George Manos, a bus depot is no longer a permitted use on Bala Avenue. For more details on the Zoning Ordiance, please go to www.lowermerion.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=10512
Citizen of the Year Tribute to Bob Zimmerman
Bob Zimmerman, a long-time Director of the Neighborhood Club Board (and the Solicitor for many years), was honored with Citizen of the Year at NCBC’s 2014 Independence Day celebration. It is with great sadness that we report of his passing on August 11, 2014. For details about Bob’s life, please see this link: Philly.com Article