Victorian Charm, Modern Amenities Make Malvern a ‘Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia’

Image of the Malvern train station via SEPTA.

Malvern’s undeniable Victorian charm, combined with its modern amenities, has earned the 3,000-resident borough the designation of Classic, writes Brian McCullough for the Daily Local News.

Malvern has joined several other area towns in becoming a part of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia program. Currently, there are 22 municipalities designated as Classic Towns, including Kennett Square, Phoenixville, and West Chester.

According to Karen Cilurso, Manager of Community Revitalization for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Malvern fits the Classic Towns criteria in several areas. These include access to public transportation, historic structures, walkability, and a variety of housing.

“It fits the bill in all of them,” said Cilurso.

The program also noted that Malvern’s farming roots from the end of 19th century are evident everywhere, from the borough’s devotion to outdoor parks and conserved land to its well-preserved, historically significant sites.

“Through the years, Malvern has maintained its historic appeal, while also developing into a stylish and contemporary suburban community, making it the perfect place for a wide variety of people to call ‘home sweet home,’” the commission said.

Read more about the Classic Towns program in the Daily Local News here.

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