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Mansion faces demolition despite neighbors’ campaign

Laverock Hill Mansion in Cheltenham will be demolished if a high-rise project is approved by Cheltenham Township.

After close to a year of discussions between concerned neighbors, develop- ers and township officials, which included meetings where alternate plans were presented, neighbors’ efforts may at last have fallen short of saving Laverock Hill Mansion from the wrecking ball.

That is, if tentative sketch plans are approved by Cheltenham Township commissioners later this summer.

A time extension initiated by representatives from Bluebell-based development firm Hansen-Lloyd has been removed, revisions have been shelved and developers submitted their initial tentative sketch plans for the Sims Estate, which include the destruction of the Laverock Hill Mansion called by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Preservation “the best example of an early twentieth century estate in the area of the 309 Road Improvement Project” when wealthy Philadelphians built elaborate summer homes and year-round estates in the country.

Local photographer’s book provides aerial views of Cricket Club golf courses

An aerial photo of the Philadelphia Cricket Club from Duncan Pearson’s book.

Since it first opened in 1898, thousands of golfers have enjoyed the picturesque grounds of the Philadelphia Cricket Club’s golf courses. Now, thanks to a new coffee-table book with aerial photographs in color, club members, golfers and local enthusiasts can view these courses from a whole new angle.

Released in July, Duncan Pearson’s 68-page, 13”x13” hardcover book “Philadelphia Cricket Club” includes hole-by-hole photographs of the club’s Wissahickon, Militia Hill and St. Martin’s golf courses. By providing the reader witha view down each hole of the courses, golfers can use the book as a guide to play, to eliminate their bad shots or celebrate success.

3 Hill organizations consider a merger

Three prominent Chestnut Hill organizations are meeting Aug. 4 to consider an informal consolidation of their operations, according to a memo that was released to local businesses last week.

The Chestnut Hill Business Association, Parking Foundation and Business Improvement District could merge in the hope that the combined revenue streams would make for a more efficient operation. Other areas, such as Center City, Mt. Airy and Manayunk, have been successful with combined operations, according to the memo.


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