Commonwealth Court Rules on Germantown Conservancy’s Act 135 Petition

A new court opinion has been filed in the case of Germantown Conservancy’s 2009 petition for conservatorship of several buildings and vacant lots in Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill.

See the links at the bottom of this article for:

  • The Commonwealth Court’s opinion in the Germantown Conservancy’s appeal of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas original dismissal of their petition.
  • Germantown Conservancy’s most recent press statement.

Background:

On October 26, 2009, the nonprofit Germantown Conservancy filed a petition in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas seeking conservatorship of dozens of buildings and vacant lots in Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill in order to protect and restore them. The long list of sites included historical and architectural landmarks such as Germantown Town Hall, Tulpehocken Train Station and the recently fire-ravaged Garrett-Dunn House, in addition to many other deteriorating properties.

Shortly thereafter, the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District dismissed the Germantown Conservancy’s petition for not complying with the “local rule” calling for one petition per property. (See Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County General Court Regulation on Conservatorship.)

Germantown Conservancy then appealed to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Teaser/Summary
A new court opinion has been filed in the case of Germantown Conservancy’s 2009 petition for conservatorship of several buildings and vacant lots in Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill.

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