Thursday, December 18, 2008

Stackless in West Norriton

Take a look up the next time you're driving down Main Street.
Make sure you're keeping one eye on the road, though, I don't want you to get into an accident.
When you do look up you'll notice that one of the Barbadoes Island smoke stacks is gone.
The other is going to come down soon, I hear.
There are a lot of eyes sores around the area, and while the smoke stacks were not as visible as most, they certainly didn't lend anything positive to the aesthetics of the area.
What other buildings or structures do you know about that need to be no more?

17 comments:

Schuylkill Ave Trackie said...

Stan,

You might say stackless, clueless, and leaderless in West Norriton. What is going on here in W. Norriton, both our Chairman and Vice Chairman resign in less than a month! I would like to see some in depth investigative reporting on the toppling of our leaders. Who or what is running the show nowadays? Time to bring Dowhie, Bailey, Vereb back. And how stupid was it to reduce taxes by taking money out of the sewer fund to balance the budget, my hat is off to the commissioner who voted against it. Seems the only democrat on the board can read a budget and has the guts to do what is prudent for the residents. OH well, who will be next, and as far as knocking down eyesores on Ridge Pike, take your pick, it still looks like a jumble of old rundown buildings on most of the Ridge, how about that ole run down diner and the old gas station next to it, yea, right, welcome to West Norriton, almost as bad as welcome to LP, with the adult xxx book store at Ridge and Germantown Pike.

Anonymous said...

old gas station next to it, yea, right, welcome to West Norriton, almost as bad as welcome to LP, with the adult xxx book store at Ridge and Germantown Pike.

Yes, but at least Lower Providence is doing something about Ridge Pike by adopting the RPBD, encouraging redevelopment and improving its aesthetics. Please take off your blinders. One retail store does not set the precedence for the entire Ridge Pike. You know when you enter West Norriton. I would hate to have my Main St look like West Norriton's does today.

S A Trackie said...

To Anon of 12/19, what is RPBD mean anyway? Being from WN I am not familiar with that term. The only new thing I have seen developed in LP on the Ridge is that ugly looking tower that serves up Indian food, I heard that it is owned by one of your Commissioners, Lomier or something like that. Who would approve such a monstrosity and how does it fit in with the other buidings around it. Not a good fit if you ask me. I really don't see anything happening to Norristown Ford, I had heard you were going to put a gas station behind the other gas station over there, what happened to that idea? I don't see how LP looks any better that WN, at least we don't have an adult XXX book store welcoming everyone to town!

I love LP said...

SA TRACKIE, Please leave our Indian Tower alone, and former resigned Supervior Lomire too.
He has a right to do whatever he wants with his property as long as the Supervisors change an ordinance. I believe it's called making it right.

The adult book store is not one of our prized possessions, but look at it this way.

You can get a bucket of chicken and carry it next door while you enjoy your purchase.

Norristown Ford will take care of itself...Someone said there may be an Adult Book Store coming in with a theater. Now we will have two entrances covered. Please WN don't get jealous, we need the tax dollars.

Anonymous said...

I guess those in west norriton need glasses. The exxon gas station as a u haul rental center, most likely illegal. yes that is a real attractive feature on the main st

Anonymous said...

About the Norristown Ford property, a rumor says that Wawa was interested in it, (gas station behind gas station?) but the property needs a massive underground cleanup.

Lomire did own the property with the tower, (and the office building on the corner) and he was a supervisor, but he left the board before his term was up.

The Duke said...

You in the Know> Did Lomire quit because of his fine from the ethics commission? Did his BUDDY Dinniny take care of the zoning change for the Indian Tower? How many other changes were made to benefit Mr.Lomire? I'm sure the people in Fort Washington would like to know.

Rapunzel said...

Please leave my Tower alone, where else can I drop my golden hair down so that I may be rescued by the Prince of Lower Providence (CD for those of you not in the know). And yea, Lomier owns the property, so what, who else could have gotten all that favorable zoning to build all the great things he has done for us. And if I need some Dosa and Chat all i have to do is call down and they deliver to the top of the tower. So please, please, leave Mr. Lomier alone.

less VERBage more action said...

When you dig holes to get rid of junk the dirt used to cover it eventually washes away. WNT acts like they are not accountable to anyone. Township meetings are held monthly, the citizens should start taking a more active interest and attend the meetings and ask questions.

Trackie said...

Hey VERBage,

Give me a break, most residents are busy with their own lives and could care less about township meetings. Some are even lulled into believing that their elected officials are looking out for them. The only time they come out to meetings is when it is in their own backyard. Just take a look at East Norriton holding a meeting on the 23rd of December, the supervisors thought no one would come out so close to Xmas, they were wrong again. Shame shame on them, why didn't they hold the hearing on Christmas Eve, so even less people could participate.

Look at CHOP in Norristown, or the ARC project in LP, the Counsil and the Township Supervisors think that no one is paying attention to what they are doing to their own residents. Wait until this spring's election and see how fast they get thrown out of office. Tar and feathers would be in order for this bunch. Yea, people do care about the quality of life in their communities.

Anonymous said...

The problem is people who have gained political office and bring so little to it.

If the public wants officials who are not there for the benefit of the public, then that's OK. Just don't complain about it after the elections.

Anonymous said...

Why am I not surprised...a blog post about freakin' WEST NORRITON turns out, yet again, to garner responses 90% about LP. And about someone who hasn't been in office for several years, no less.

All public meetings have to be advertised, so if you care about such things, read the classifieds, otherwise you can't claim you didn't know or people are doing things without you looking. You actually have to BE LOOKING (paying attention) in the first place.

Some people would rather believe that all elected officials just roll out of bed every morning trying to figure out new ways to hose the public when nothing could be further from the truth. Of course you get the few rotten applies like Blogojevich or Spitzer who make the rest look bad, but like everything else, they are hardly representative of the majority.

Hopeful said...

Merry Christmas. Can the previous blog writer tell the public the reason the former Supervisor quit. Could it have been all the properties he purchased in the Township would not have been approved if he remained on the board. They got appproved anyway,thanks to the three blind mice. What makes you think Blogojevich is guilty as charged? Read this mornings paper...Why the legislative panel considering impeachment may not subpoena a dozen witnesses,including Obama'schief of staff? Don't rock the boat before the swearing in ceremony. Please don't forget Madoff. We don't have to worry about someone destroying our country, we will take care of thatt ourselves. Where does the BUCK actually stop?

Anonymous said...

The entrance to W. Norriton and L. Providence off of the 422 Bypass has had an adjustment - fine. Now, why is there NO Ramp to go West?? An article in the Times Herald shows how work is progressing at the old Golf Course in K.ofP. and the road construction drainage, etc.to the Turnpike and the Surekill Expressway. This project I know was not a concern before the above Trooper Road need for an Exit/Entrance to 422 West. This property was owned by the Hankin Family. and until 1980 the 422, past Trooper Road, was not yet open. Soo who had the pull? We remain tied up with the now out-of-date Oaks Exchange, and an ugly Electric Co. Facility and Gas Stations and who knows what making the entrance to these two township an eyesore.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary West Norriton - we need more neighbors like you. Lower Prov. Resident

Anonymous said...

Stan, talk with supporters/plalnners of your Anniversary in West Norriton and suggest they have published reruns of the Times Herald during their (the Township) first year. You know like some say "That's The Way It Was!" I don't live in WN, but I would love to have a copy(s) of those days that will never be seen or enjoyed by this generation. Why not have a "Paper Boy" have them for sale at the "Parade"...I know, many things are possible, but finances are another concern.

Anonymous said...

Anniversary Plans should include the Genuardi Family. The boys worked at the store when they were quite young and home delivery was a part of this great family market's makeup.