New Hope Council Denies Application That Would Impact Walkway

The council voted this week.

New Hope Borough Council meeting this week. Credit: David Hunt/

A walkway near Union Square in New Hope Borough is staying. 

The New Hope Borough Council voted against an application that would remove part of the walkway near Union Square at the council meeting on Tuesday.

50 West Bridge Street, which is New Hope Condo LP, is the closest property to the right of Union Square.

The property owner’s application was a certificate of appropriateness to remove the pedestrian walkway facing east, according to the council meeting’s agenda. 

The application also stated the property owner wanted to replace the stair set for utility room and also rebuild the masonry structure on the south end stair unit.

Council raised safety concerns over pedestrian access.

The property owner presented renderings of his project to the New Hope Council and said the project was for walkability for the public and to make sure it was safe. 

After the fact, the property owner stated he sees the amount of people who walk there and wants them to be able to walk by the property. They don’t want to create a burdensome situation.

Union Square, a shopping and business center with one of the largest parking lots in the borough, is frequented by pedestrians on a regular basis, especially on the weekends.

The applicant has the right to reapply.

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