Berwyn District Civic Association Meeting
April 18, 2019
Meeting came to order at 7:35 p.m. Meeting held on front porch of Fealy Hall. BDCA Board Members in attendance: Chad Stern, Jim Nealis, Tim Triplett. Other attendees included PJ Brennan, Margaret and Harvey Himmelfarb, Kevin Young, Harry Pitt. Speakers included Michael Thies, Jared Urchek.
The minutes from the March
meeting had been posted on-line, and were approved. Chad Stern’s treasurer’s report was
PJ Brennan gave us a summary of
some current issues: The new Lidl grocery store should be completed by June or
July. He and councilmember Monroe Dennis
will meet this week with representatives from Cruz development who are planning
a seven-story (5 residential, 2 parking), 130 parking spaces, 80 unit apartment
building near Branchville Fire Station.
It will contain ‘work force housing’ – i.e., units priced for working-class
residents. Another student housing
development is planned for the current Burger King and adjoining lots. A ‘save-a-tree’ presentation is planned to
study the ‘tree canopy’ over our city.
Note that the city will pay residents up to $150 to plant a tree on
their property. The Chik-Fil-A
company is still interested in the site near Rt. 1/Greenbelt Rd., but traffic
issues are a concern, and drive-thru businesses are not welcome in that
‘walkable’ section of
from Vital Traditions Acupuncture,
runs a web site called route1reporter.com, which publicizes local affairs and
issues of interest to residents of communities along Route 1. The cost of subscribing to the site is $5 per
says the Route 1 corridor is something of a ‘news desert’, with little coverage
of local elections and affairs, and he is trying to change that for residents
Tim Triplett said we need to reinvigorate the BDCA – recruit new members with new ideas and a willingness to get involved. Brennan mentioned Old Town and Calvert Hills have quarterly meetings with good attendance, so perhaps BDCA should reduce monthly meetings? Kevin Young said the BDCA has always been very active and engaged, even decades ago before city incorporation. Kevin also said State Senator Rosapepe’s office had contacted him to see if elected officials can attend an upcoming BDCA meeting to discuss the past year’s state government activities – Tim Triplett will contact them.
A final note – the BDCA recently
made a donation to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in honor of some
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Notes compiled by Jim Nealis