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New Hope mulls South Main Street building fate


New Hope Borough Council heard from the development team working at 28 S. Main St., a residential and commercial property built in 1900, during its November public meeting.

The team, including the developers’ attorney, laid out plans for a residential building at the historic property. They previously presented the project to the zoning hearing board, which sent them before council to get an official recommendation on how to proceed.

The council sent the developers back to the zoning board, citing worries including design plan inconsistencies and negative effects to a large onsite tree. Council members heard from several members of the public about the plan, with each commending the council for rejecting the plan in its current state.

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was approved by the council. The New Hope Chamber of Commerce and the Logan Inn are hosting the event, which will start at 5 p.m. on Nov. 27.

Council members authorized the advertisement of three proposed items: the 2023 borough budget, an ordinance amendment involving swimming pools and hot tubs, and an ordinance amendment regarding the RB borough residential district. The latter two items are being re-advertised following public feedback and council revision.

Borough council reviewed bids for the Mechanic Street bridge project before approving the lowest cost proposal. Borough Manager Peter Gray said they have received preliminary approval for FEMA funds and will continue to work with the agency to secure them. He noted that the borough has money available for the project should the federal assistance fall through.

In public comment, a resident voiced her concern about flooding along Aquetong Creek. She was worried about the effects of a new retaining wall built along the creek near a housing development, and about the construction of another development downstream. She urged the council to do something about the flooding issues near the creek and in other areas of the borough. Two other residents voiced concerns about flooding during their comments.

Council members reminded attendees that the holiday parade will start at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Bridge and Main streets. The council also approved the hire of a laborer for the public works department.