Freight House and outdoor dining on street on the May 7th agenda for Ambler’s Borough Council

On the May 7th agenda for Ambler’s Borough Council are several items of note. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the borough hall.

One interesting item is a request from the Wissahickon Valley Historical Society. The society proposes to move the Freight House, that was constructed in 1855, to the borough’s property. SEPTA is planning to demolish the building and the society believes it should be preserved.

A second item is revisiting an issue that was tabled during a meeting in April. The owner of From the Boot, requested that York Street be closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday from May to October to allow the restaurant to offer additional outdoor dining. This was done during the pandemic.

There was a lengthy discussion in April whether it was fair to close a street for one restaurant and not others, the unique situation based on the location, existing procedures for such a request, the impact on traffic and public safety, whether there should be a fee, and the economic benefits.

Members of the council were divided, but were open to revisiting to discuss alternatives developed by the public safety committee.

You can read the full agenda here.