Toughkenamon Residents Criticize Improvement Plan as Stacked in Favor of Developers, Business Owners

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During a recent meeting of New Garden Township’s Board of Supervisors, several residents criticized the Streetscape and Transportation Improvement Plan for the Village of Toughkenamon for being stacked in favor of developers and business owners rather than the people who live there, writes Richard Gaw for the Chester County Press.

The plan is financed by a grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. To help steer it in the right direction, the township formed a committee of stakeholders to guide ideas on improving transportation and mobility, creating housing opportunities, improving aesthetics, and attracting investors.

Additionally, three open houses have been held in Toughkenamon to bring these ideas to the people.

Once completed, the plan will create a mixed-use business corridor in the village. This will include sidewalks, safe routes to public transportation, ADA considerations, and a park, among other things.

However, not all residents are on board with the changes. Suzanne Snajdr has a petition signed by 38 residents stating they are opposed to the revitalization plans.

“It just feels like it is going to be paving us over and making us look more like a city environment,” she said.

Read more about Toughkenamon in the Chester County Press here.

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