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Tax Delinquent Restricts Parking Near Public Boat Ramp

Town officials are looking into whether Carnegie Abbey's parking signs violate a previous agreement.

Members of the Portsmouth Town Council are looking into parking restriction signs recently posted at the end of Willow Lane near the public boat ramp. 

About five to six signs are posted in a parking lot not far from the public boat ramp at the end of Willow Lane. Two of the signs can be seen in the photo above. 

The signs state the area is "private property" and parking is allowed for "members only." 

Councilor Judi Staven previously said a prior agreement with Carnegie Abbey called for public parking at this location.

One small sign, located at the entrance to Elliot Street, points to "additional boat ramp parking." The street leads to an unpaved, dirt lot. 

The Carnegie Tower Development Co. Inc. of King of Prussia, PA, has been criticized by council members for owing the town of Portsmouth more than $1.9 million in late property taxes. This tax has not been paid to date, according to Finance Director David Faucher. 

What do you think about these signs? Should this parking lot be open to the public? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section and poll below. 

sonofportsmouth February 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
moreover,this development,especially the golf course portion was built on a historical revolutionary battlefield ,which was farmed since 1778.only the dollar pushed this eyesore on our west side through.now there's no dollar!
NKGOP Watch March 31, 2012 at 05:42 AM
WOW, Sandy please stay on this...
pinta1 October 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Willow lane was 60 feet wide. If you drive down where the Boat house is you will notice that they have narrowed the road onto STATE PROPERTY. So park on the GRASS. it's State Property. I don't care if they put sprinkler systems in there. They should never have been allowed to do that in the first place. Where was our zoning board? On O'Neil's payroll that's where. Where were our elected officials? Having lunch at the Carnegie Club House FOR FREE. This is dirty politics at it's best.Or should I say worse. I'll bet payoffs were involved.
J. Lane McMahon October 25, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I would have to dispute the claim that Willow Lane was 60 feet wide. A simple look at Google Earth, (which has a overhead look going back to 1995, Pre-O'neil) clearly show that it was never wider than 40 feet and is the same now. Even East Main, with a generous placement of sidewalks is only 47 feet.
pinta1 October 27, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Willow lane is an industrial road; on the section east of the railroad tracks measure across from pole to pole and you will find about 60 feet of public property. Now look west across the tracks and you will clearly see the road has been narrowed. If you can not see this I will meet you down there with a tape measure.

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