Four Kennett Square property owners presented with Historic Preservation Awards
● By Steven Hoffman
The owners of four properties in Kennett Square Borough received Historic Preservation Awards at the June 1 council meeting for their efforts to restore, renovate, and preserve their buildings in the borough’s historic district.
Susan Myers, a member of the borough’s historical commission, presented awards to Phil and Mary Duncan, Andy Munter and Theresa Callahan, Heather Vinton Robitzer, and Matt Grieco of the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home.
The Duncans own a home at 251 North Union Street and were named the recipients of the top 2015 Historical Preservation Award for what Myers called their careful and diligent efforts to renovate the home while maintaining its historic character.
Munter and Callahan own a property at 106 North Lincoln Street. Myers lauded the efforts to do a total update to a 1930s-era house.
Myers said that Robitzer, who owns a shop, No. 109, at 109 West State Street, did an update on the building that enhances the character of the storefront in the business district.
The Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home at 250 West State Street was the recipient of an award because of the renovation work on the exterior of the Gothic revival building.
“It looks absolutely beautiful. It is a treasure,” Myers said of the building.
She concluded her remarks by noting that when a property owner makes the extra effort to make renovations and restorations that are consistent with the historic character of the borough, it impacts not only that property, but the historic integrity and beauty of an entire neighborhood.
In other business at the June 1 meeting:
Mary Hutchins, the executive director of Historic Kennett Square, said that six consultants are expected to submit proposals for an economic development study that the organization wants to undertake. Hutchins said that they want to select a firm in time for the work on the study to begin by Sept. 1.
Borough council authorized an expenditure of up to $5,000 for an EMS Consultant Services study that Kennett Square Borough and several of its neighboring municipalities want to undertake to ensure that taxpayers’ money is being spent wisely.