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Montgomery County Commissioners and Norristown Municipal Council: Stop the Subsidized Housing Project in Downtown Norristown
  • Petitioned josh shapiro

This petition was delivered to:

josh shapiro
leslie richards
Bruce Castor
bill caldwell
mimi desouza
Kathy Lawrence
Linda Christian
Marlon Milner
Matt Bradford
gary simpson
Dwayne Royster
MIke Vereb

Montgomery County Commissioners and Norristown Municipal Council: Stop the Subsidized Housing Project in Downtown Norristown

    1. Petition by

      Norristown Nudge

Norristown has over 53% of all of Montgomery County’s subsidized housing units and IT DOESN’T NEED ANY MORE.

The proposed project is an $18m complex which is planned by a developer who was not selected by a competitive bidding process, but instead, was introduced to the Municipality through a State Lobbyist.

A large portion of the funding is being provided by public sources, (Local, County, State and Federal) while the developer puts up less than $600k of his own money.

The land is County-owned and is being transferred to the developer, without a publicly-advertised RFP.

The project directly contradicts the 2009 Norristown Comprehensive Plan in three key ways: 1. It adds additional subsidized rental units; 2. It subtracts 204 critically-needed parking spaces from the Downtown Business District; and 3. It is not a true Mixed-Use project, but instead, is a self-contained residential community.

It is our belief that, if built, the project will have a negative impact on the entire Municipality. It will cause the surrounding neighborhoods to suffer and hurt the Arts Hill and Downtown Business District. As Norristown is the County Seat, the impact will be felt by the entire County.

The third largest County in the Commonwealth and one of the wealthiest in the United States, can do better.

To:
josh shapiro
leslie richards
Bruce Castor
bill caldwell
mimi desouza
Kathy Lawrence
Linda Christian
Marlon Milner
Matt Bradford
gary simpson
Dwayne Royster
MIke Vereb
Stop the Subsidized Housing Project in Downtown Norristown

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Historian Michael Tolle posts three-part Blog on the "Pennrose affair"

      The Norristown Nudge wants to thank those of you living and working in Central Montgomery County who stood up and signed either the "paper petition", or this on-line version. With your help we have all but stopped the development of the County parcel at the corner of DeKalb and Airy Streets in Norristown. The state funding was pulled (for this year) and we believe your support opened our elected officials' eyes to the fact that people DO care about the types of projects and uses that get proposed for their communities.

      Michael Tolle's blog is extraordinary! It can be found at:
      http://themorethingschange.michaeltolle.com/

      We highly recommend folks read it and take his message as a warning that The Norristown Nudge and other grass-roots organizations need peoples' support. Come attend one of our Saturday morning meetings, or "like" us at our Facebook page. Next up is helping with downtown Norristown's revitalization through the Arts.

    2. The Norristown Nudge Continues Fight for Norristown's Future

      In addition to the 530+ signatures on this site, we gathered 450+ signatures on a paper petition of folks who live, work or visit the downtown district. This outpouring of resistance is an inspiration and helped give us the tools necessary to stop the state's funding for the project.

      We also hired a attorney and have filed an appeal in court to stop the zoning ruling that permits the development in the first place. The case is not closed and developers have a nasty habit of coming back over and over until they get their way.

      Consequently, overturning the zoning ruling is key.

      There will be a fundraiser to support our fight at the Coffee Talk Artists Co-op in Norristown this Sunday, October 6th, from 11AM to 4PM - with live music, raffles, food and good conversation. Come by to learn what's going on in the community and meet the folks involved.

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=272839532841023&set=a.224242304367413.26545.224237027701274&type=1&theater

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Signing the Petiton is as important now than ever

      Signatures have slowed since the Norristown Zoning Board rendered their ruling to grant Pennrose Properties their variance requests three days ago.

      The next two weeks are critical and we need each of you to convince your significant others, friends and colleagues to visit our petition and SIGN!

      Coming up, on April 9, at Municipal Hall, there will be a public hearing by the Norristown Planning Commission.

      Then, on April 16, Municipal Council will vote on the Conditional Use request.

      Other Strategies to block the project may also be used, if necessary...we'll keep you posted.

      This petition is our voice – your voice. And the message is that Norristown has been down for TOO LONG and things need to change. A prosperous and lively County Seat is good for the all the citizens of Montgomery County.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Norristown's Problems are also County Problems

      by Norristown Nudge

      The article by Stan Huskey, in last week's Times Herald, is spot on. The whole County is impacted by Norristown's ills, and similarly, the County will benefit if the town gets better. It's inappropriate for the County Commissioners to shrug and say, that the proposed apartments, at DeKalb and Airy, are what Norritown's Council asked for and then look no farther than that for the right path forward.

      The County has significant resources and have been taking such deliberate and reasoned steps in almost every issue they approach. Why should their approach toward Norristown be any different? If no one else is exhibiting good judgement, then they should be "the adults in the room" and stop Pennrose Propoerties' proposal to build 60 housing-voucher apartments in Norristown's Downtown Core.

      In addition, since when does the transfer of public-land take place without a publicly advertized RFP and competitive bidding?

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Paper Petitions are also available.

      Paper Petitions can be signed at Coffee Talks Artists Co-op on West Marshall, as well as at Seiler + Drury Architecture, at 420 DeKalb Street at the top of Arts Hill.

    9. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ken Barr ANNAOPLIS, MD
      • 5 months ago

      I am a native to Montgomery County and lived a good portion of my adult life in Norristown. If this project passes it will only continue to drag Norristown down the wrong path. Wouldn't a revitalization project be better for this struggling community than adding more subsidized housing?

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    • Christen Meo POTTSTOWN, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      Norristown is my home town. As a little girl, i always admired the old jail & it's beautifully crafted red celtic doors, to the stone building itself. My family took me for walks frequently to reflect on the culture of our towns heritage. It is important that what beauty be left seen that destroyed and forgotten. It is up to the people to preserve our right to keep such a significant piece of Norristown's history intact. Thank You.

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    • Bruce Seiler FORT HARRISON, MT
      • about 1 year ago

      I spent most of my life there and do not want the area to become a dump like every other subsidized housing project. Lowers surrounding real estate values.

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    • Carl & Dot Shrader NORRISTOWN, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      We need Business and clean up the town- NO MORE Subsidized housing we have enough. This town is a disgrace...Taxes are crazy.

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    • Robert Bellita NORRISTOWN, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      Norristown has enough section 8 subsidized housing already. No more, We need more businesses in Norristown.

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