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Here is a summary of the
eight nine abandoned properties I have photographed in Chalfont. When I moved to Chalfont in 1990, every one of these was a functioning part of the community.
I want to thank Kathy Romano of WMMR for the inspiration (although she may not be thrilled).
Lenape Valley Swim Club (55 homes coming)
Firehouse (no clue as to what this will become)
Gas Station, Bowling Alley, and Pizza Shop (left to right). The trifecta of waste, a real eyesore. This property was scheduled to be developed several times, but has never gotten past the planning stage. This makes for appealing entrance to the boro from the north end. October 2015 update, the pizza joint (on the right) and old gas station (left) have been demolished. The bowling alley will be demo’d soon, it is waiting for asbestos remediation.
Car Wash This is at the opposite end of town from the photo immediately above. The building was damaged in 2006 when an SUV hit the corner of the building and took out the gas meter, causing a spectacular fire.
Recently, a pile of new roof trusses appeared on the property as well as warning signs for surveillance camera. According to the boro, the property owner is going to fix the roof. I drove by the other morning and the roof trusses had been replaced and new plywood installed. Why it took 9 years is beyond comprehension of many of the boro residents. While this is a step in the right direction, the question remains as to whether the car wash will open or this is just lipstick on a pig.
Hopefully, I won’t have more to add to these any time in the near future and I will be able to report positive progress.
Captain Snarky is now signing off.