Upper Gwined — Just weeks after township discussed the potential for large-scale real estate acquisition, Upper Gwined officials got the latest information.
Township commissioner Report on Monday night The discussion is underway with the owner of the “Martin Tract” discussed last month.
“At the last meeting, there was a long discussion about Martin Tract. The staff had met with the real estate owner’s representative several times before and agreed to meet with the real estate owner again,” said the commissioner. Dennis Hull said.
“We decided to meet with the actual owner and have another discussion about the property at his request,” she said.
During September The Commissioner has announced plans to expropriate a 32-acre plot south of Allentown Road, surrounded by Broad Street to the east and the Lehigh Valley Daily Complex to the west.
At that time, the board said the acquisition potential was driven by the township concept. August comprehensive plan update Trails, parking and other facilities are available.The public debate Reacted immediately The following week, real estate owner Tom Martin said he had proposed to former officials a plan to develop part of the property and leave the rest undeveloped publicly, without contact from the current board and staff. ..
At the start of the board meeting on Monday night, township solicitor Lauren Gallagher said that since the board meeting in September, all five members “meeted the real estate owner and its representatives” on October 5. Announced.
“No action was taken and no deliberations were taken at the meeting,” Gallagher said.
In the public comments section shortly after, a comment read by resident Tom Bourneman on behalf of Republican candidate Michelle Lap in next month’s election addressed the topic in the following words: Letter to the editor submitted by the candidate..
“Recently published Letter to the Editor (from Martin) He blamed the property and emphasized attempts to seize it under land expropriation. Owners have never been told by the committee to discuss the sale, “Lap said.
“This approach to managing township operations has blatantly ignored the rights to private property and seriously downplayed the local population,” she said.
After public comments and other board operations, Hull added details and read the statement in the latest update.
“As promised, we met the owner and his lawyer last week, and as a result of that discussion, we gave township managers and experts the possibility of compromise for future use of the property. I instructed him to investigate, “Hull said.
“As the investigation is underway, more information will be available in the coming weeks,” she said.
The Commissioners of Upper Gwined will then meet at 7 pm on October 19th at the Township Management Building in Parkside Place 1. For more information, please visit: www.UpperGwynedd.org..