Radnor Looks at Ordinance to Protect Historic Properties

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The main building at Chanticleer gardens in Radnor
Image via Chanticleergarden.org
The main building at Chanticleer gardens in Radnor

Radnor Township has some of the most expensive real estate around. Some are historic properties that need protecting.

Now the Radnor Township Planning Commission is discussing a new ordinance that would protect the town’s historic resources, writes Richard Ilgenfritz for the Daily Times.

 It would require commissioners to approve certain renovations or demolition of designated historic properties.

“It is going to be a balancing act between individual property rights as well as the rights of the community to maintain those assets,” said MJ Frumin, a member of the planning commission.

Fruman said there is a misconception that having a property or buildings on the National Registration of Historic Places protects it from being altered or destroyed.

It does not, he said. The protection has to come from the municipal level.

There are three historic districts in Radnor that are projected but only for those properties within those boundaries.

The new ordinance would cover the entire township and create a historic commission to review projects.

The main building at Chanticleer, the Radnor Friends Meetinghouse, and Camp Woods are all currently unprotected buildings, he said.

Read more about Radnor’s efforts to protect its historic resources with a new ordinance at the Daily Times.

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