Three townships along the West Branch of the Red Clay Creek are hoping a proposed historic district is approved by the federal government. The proposed district would encompass Kennett, New Garden and East Marlborough.
The listing with the National Register of Historic Places would not affect property owners’ development rights, the West Chester Daily Local reports, but would require any federally funded projects like road widening, to first be reviewed for the historical resources that might be affected and project leaders would have to show what steps would be taken to protect them.
The federal approval process, assuming the townships grant approval first, would take about two years. Kennett has contributed most of the $14,000 budgeted for the project.
Interestingly enough, the other talking point at the April 18 Kennett supervisors meeting was about a federally funded road widening project on Route 52.