Thursday, March 14, 2013
Macungie's streetscape plan inches forward.
In an attempt to re-ignite the Macungie streetscape plan, Council President Christopher Becker held a meeting of the minds on Feb. 25 to get a feel for how such a plan might be received. He invited borough business owners and emergency personnel so he could hear first from people who are concerned with lives and livelihoods. "The consensus is that they're interested," Becker said. And the reasons they're interested are that plans that could include a center island of trees and intersections with curb bump-outs will calm traffic and improve the character and look of Main Street, he said. One possible fly in the ointment is that Macungie's Main Street may already be too heavily traveled to accommodate such a plan, but a traffic survey …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Council wants to hear from business owners and emergency personnel.
As Macungie Council begins again to consider streetscape planning for the borough's main street, it wants to meet first with business owners and emergency personnel. The first streetscape planning meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 25, a Monday, in the auditorium of the Macungie Institute. "Without the input of the business owners and emergency personnel, we can't get this off the ground," Council member Christopher Becker said at council's Jan. 7 meeting. Among the topics to be discussed will be bump-outs, traffic flow and other traffic calming measures, and how they would affect the borough's businesses. The general public will be invited to the next meeting, Becker said.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Council members agree the Streetscape Plan could be what might set the borough apart for the next 50 years.
The five Macungie Council members present at Monday's meeting unanimously agreed to take a second look at a plan that was put together in 2009 to beautify Main Street while calming traffic and making the streets safer for people to walk. Jean Nagle, council president, and Gregory Hutchison, council vice president, were absent. Ron Beitler, owner of Bar None Weddings, petitioned for council to take another look at the plan that has been researched, engineered and is ready for implementation with available grant money. The plan includes median strips at selected spots in the center of Main Street, bump-outs to reduce the distance across the street, street trees and new sidewalks, curbs and crosswalks. The purpose of the improvements is to …