On Feb. 23, members of the Penn Branch Community Association executive board met virtually with a handful of Penn Branch’s O Street neighbors for a listening session. The PBCA board reached out to introduce ourselves and to gain a better understanding of neighborhood-specific challenges. Residents of O Street shared their thoughts regarding development in the Penn Branch Shopping Center and construction of the new CVS which is expected to be built on the existing laundry mat property.
Residents reported that they did not have concerns about retaining wall maintenance but are interested in engineering studies prior to future development, including in the areas adjacent to the shopping center and along the walled hillside, due to settling and water flows in the area. Residents also raised concerns about potential CVS parking lot overflow onto their street, increased traffic, aggressive driving, and trash and vagrancy on O Street.
Participants explored traffic calming measures and other ways to work collaboratively to benefit the community.