Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Lower Merion bus-parking plan is still in play

LOWER MERION While residents have expressed their reservations, the Lower Merion school district still is considering a controversial school-bus-parking proposal and plans to hold further meetings, district spokesman Doug Young said Wednesday.

More than 100 people turned out for a Lower Merion school board meeting Monday night that focused on finding somewhere to park up to 30 school buses. Officials have said the district needs to move the buses off-campus by the end of next summer to provide more parking for staff and students at Lower Merion High School.

Many spoke against a proposal to park the buses on a property on Bala Avenue between City and Union Avenues.

"The neighbors were concerned about traffic, they were concerned about the noise, but mainly they were concerned about how disruptive it would be to the plan and vision for Bala Avenue," Township Commissioner George Manos, who represents Bala Cynwyd, said Wednesday.

Young said the board still has "an interest in the property because it meets some of the criteria we're looking for, but we recognize it's not an ideal property."

He said the board would like to continue to meet with commissioners and residents "to figure this out." - Kathy Boccella

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