Friday, June 10, 2016.
[POCONO RECORD FILE PHOTO] ] By Andrew Scott Pocono Record Writer
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at 10:00 PM
STROUDSBURG — Among topics discussed at a recent borough council meeting was the need for signs directing more customer traffic to the borough’s downtown area in efforts to revitalize its business district.Mayor Tarah Probst proposed an exit sign legend on Interstate 80. The legend would read “Historic Downtown Stroudsburg” with an arrow directing travelers.Probst also proposed Main Street sidewalk signs directing visitors to businesses off Main Street so that those businesses get as much customer traffic as the ones on Main Street.Probst planned to meet with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which oversees the Pennsylvania Tourism Signing Trust, being that Main Street is a state-owned road. Comprised of nine members including PennDOT and state Department of Community and Economic Development representatives, the trust administers the Logo Signing and Tourist Oriented Directional Signing programs in accordance with applicable statutes and PennDOT guidelines.Probst raised two other concerns with the theme of increasing downtown’s attractiveness and accessibility to visitors.One is the need to make Main Street’s horizontal parking spaces diagonal, which Probst said would add a total of 37 parking spaces along Main Street.The other concern is properties left damaged and uninhabitable by fires.“If someone buys a property left vacant by a fire, that new owner should be given a certain amount of time to rebuild and get that property occupied and active again,” Probst said. “The borough is looking into drafting an ordinance to mandate this responsibility for new owners of such properties. The goal behind this would be to prevent any further damaged vacant properties along our Main Street corridor.”Other topics recently discussed by the borough council include the vacant Parker Oil property at 320 N. Ninth St. Since the property owner proposes a convenience store there, the borough council is having the Planning Commission look into what defines a convenience store and whether such a use would be suitable for that particular location.In addition, the borough is exploring the idea of putting its power lines underground to protect them from storm damage causing power outages. It was suggested the power lines could be placed underground as part of future road projects.