West Point Pike in West Point.
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Posted: 02/04/13, 5:27 PM EST
UPPER GWYNEDD -- After several years of
delays, construction of the proposed
renovations in the West Point Village of the
township could begin this year, according to
Last month, the township's board of
commissioners approved a $4,000 contract
with a Philadelphia
real estate firm to prepare appraisals for
seven properties on West Point Pike between
and Jones Avenue.
On Monday, Edelmayer said construction of
the project to install period lighting,
crosswalks and sidewalks
in that portion of West Point Pike could
begin this year.
The commissioner also said the work being
completed by PJL Reality Advisors, Inc. is
the final required
work before township officials can open the
project to bids
A $300,000 federal grant procured by U.S.
Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-13th District, and
the Pennsylvania Department of
Transportation will fund the installation
of lighting intended to remind
residents of the village's relationship with
the railroads plus the decorative concrete
work in nearby
according to township Manager Len Perrone.
He has called the project an attempt to
beautify West Point Village, one of the most
historic sections of
The village, which dates back to the 19th
century, had an active rail line, a train
station constantly handled
freight and the community provided a stop
for a trolley line, Perrone said.
Originally, the property owners agreed to
allow municipal officials to take a certain
portion of land to allow
work, according to Edelmayer.
She says PennDOT required the township to
conduct appraisals before purchasing the
"This project has been dragging on and on." Edelmayer said.
"Hopefully we can get it to
bid sometime this
Everything else, in terms of meeting
PennDOT's requirements, is done."
PennDOT will proceed with the bidding of the
project and the township will select a
project inspection engineer,
Perrone said. In a Monday email, he
expressed hope that the project "will begin
and be completed this summer."
Township officials unveiled the proposed
streetscape in the fall of 2008 after
spending most of the previous
10 months working out the details with a
committee of residents.
A set of bids for the West Point
streetscape project were recently rejected
by PennDOT due to a problem with
qualifications of the lowest-bidding
contractor. That project will be rebid in
early May and work now looks likely
to take place from August through November,
according to UG township engineer Russ