Commissioner Matt Marshall has introduced a motion to have developers help fund a township Gateway Enhancement District. Back in September 2016, Marshall had given the board of commissioners a presentation on the concept, aimed at beautifying the commuter corridor between Sproul Road (Route 320) and the Blue Route (I-476) and sprucing up infrastructure along Wayne Avenue in downtown Wayne.
“The Gateway Enhancement District is a visual reflection of Radnor Township’s natural beauty, strong commercial, academic and governmental leadership. The district will accentuate the welcoming reputation, natural aesthetics and quality of community valued by Radnor’s residents,” Marshall said. He would like to see developers, including Penn Medicine, contribute to the plan to clean up the areas that have become rundown, filled with broken sidewalks and discarded trash.
While the township solicitor has opined that Radnor cannot hold up approvals of developments based on contributions, Marshall said that many other townships benefit from these sorts of payments. There is already a nonprofit in the township to receive the funding: the Radnor Enhancement Trust. Marshall would like to see that group become more active.
Township officials do plan to use about $200,000 to improve downtown Wayne with new street trees, planters and lights on the trees. But with more money in the Radnor Enhancement Trust, other improvements could be made, such as fixing broken sidewalks. That would free township money for park improvements, he said.
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Source: Main Line Suburban Life; 2/9/2018