Birmingham Historical Commission announces new database

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Potential historic land acquisition initiated

By Kris Firey-Poling, Staff Writer, The Times

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Matt Bedwell discusses the Historical Commission’s new library database with Birmingham Township Supervisors.

BIRMINGHAM — At Monday’s meeting of the Township Board of Supervisors, agenda items included new historical resources, business requests, and the potential to purchase historical land.

Matt Bedwell discussed the Historical Commission’s new electronic library. According to Bedwell, the Commission has spent the last year cataloguing the township’s historic structures.

“The database includes background information from owners, deeds, research, and photos. It will be a great resource for the commission, supervisors, and community,” said Bedwell.

The goal is to create two database versions. The initial database is for township boards and commissions. Another version will be uploaded onto the township website for residents and the community. 

In other agenda items, the supervisors approved signage for Infinity of West Chester. They also supported Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers’ parking variance application.

Also, the Cacchio’s, new owners of the historic 10.4-acre property at 1370 Birmingham Road, are interested in selling a portion of their land to the township. They plan to use some of the property to build a custom home, but do not want all the acreage. They have enlisted the Civil War Trust to help them appraise the unneeded land. The Civil War Trust is a nonprofit organization that preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds, including the Revolutionary War.

Supervisors Chair John Conklin said that the township would consider the option to buy the historic land, and recommended that the owner present the Trust’s findings to the Recreation, Parks and Open Space committee.

During public comments, resident Joe Denest described how trash and debris from Piazza Mazda is impacting his yard. Piazza Mazda is an auto dealership that abuts his property line. Denest read from an agreement he had with the previous owner that stated property line expectations. The supervisors agreed that the previous owner agreement is still valid. The township will review the agreement and follow through with the current owner.

Resident Jim Rosenthal, representing Radley Run, acknowledged the township for its support of their club’s recent three-day 50th anniversary celebration. He also read a letter thanking Police Chief Thomas Nelling and his police force for their help with traffic and safety.

“The police presence at Radley is forcing drivers to follow the speed limit. This is especially helpful with the increased traffic due to Birmingham roadwork,” said Rosenthal.

The next meeting of the Township Board of Supervisors will be held Monday, November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Township Building, located on 1040 West Street Road (Route 926).

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