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Public Hearing on Church Conversions Leads BOC Agenda

Lower Merion officials will consider whether to streamline the process of adapting former religious centers for new uses.

After a month's hiatus, the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners returns to business Wednesday night, leading its agenda with a public hearing on building conversions.

Township officials are considering whether to clarify and streamline the process by which the owner of former religious buildings and certain other historic structures might adapt them for residential use.

The conversion ordinance under consideration , such as apartments or condominium units. Those uses are not permitted under the current zoning.

Several property owners have approached the township this year for this purpose, including at and .

The public hearing begins at 6 p.m. Agenda items scheduled after that include:

  • A decision about whether to pursue raising trash-collection fees 9 percent
  • Discussion between the BOC and the prospective developer of a CVS at the north end of the
  • 's application for expansion

For more details about the meeting's agenda, visit lowermerion.org

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