Roxborough residents invited to weigh in on preservation plan for Lyceum Ave.

Roxborough residents interested in preserving the character of Lyceum Avenue are invited to a public meeting tonight at the Roxborough Development Corporation. 

The discussion will be led by the Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC), the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia (PAGP), as well as project architect Ian Smith.

The project, which was initiated in November of 2011, was sparked by a $30,000 grant from the PAGP’s Vital Neighborhoods Initiative. The goal of those funds is to restore the historic homefronts along the 400 block of Lyceum Ave, which runs from Ridge Ave. to Pechin Street.

James H. Calamio, operations manager at the RDC, says current design plans will be presented at tonight’s meeting.

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“Our feedback from the community so far has been to keep the avenue clean, install pedestrian lighting and improve the fronts of properties,” said Calamio. “We want to preserve the historic character of the homes.”

Because Lyceum Avenue is at the center of Roxborough’s commercial corridor, Calamio said it’s essential to restore it. He noted that some of the individual homefront restorations have already begun.

“The project has been evolving,” said Calamio, “it will be great to see the final results.”

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Roxborough Development Corporation’s office at 6111 Ridge Avenue.

For more information on the PAGP’s Vital Neighborhoods Initiative, click here

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