Peck, Ward to receive 2020 Citizen Planner award

MALVERN—Chester County 2020 will honor Sarah Peck, principal of Progressive New Homes and David Ward, former assistant director of the Chester County Planning Commission, during the organization’s annual reception on April 25.

“Chester County is blessed to have excellent professionals planning for our county’s growth and future,” said John B. Hannum, Jr., Chairman of Chester County 2020. “This year our organization is honoring two outstanding planners, Sarah and David.”

Peck is being given the Citizen Planner award of 2019. She is a recognized expert on infill housing development and the concept’s growing acceptance in suburban communities. Peck is a former CEO of Rouse/Chamberlin Homes of Exton and co-founder of the Housing Partnership of Chester County.

Peck was named “National Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder Magazine and has served as adjunct professor of West Chester University. Progressive New Homes builds progressive, affordably-priced homes in Chester and Montgomery counties.

Ward is being given the organization’s Lifetime Achievement award. He has been involved in planning for more than 40 years and retired in 2018 from Chester County’s Planning Commission. Ward played a key role in developing the county’s award-winning Landscapes program and managed the first revision of the plan, Landscapes 2.

Ward worked tirelessly with county municipalities during his tenure with Chester County and will continue to serve as an instructor and board member of the PA Municipal Education Institute.

The reception will take place on April 25 at the Chester Valley Golf Club, 430 Swedesford Road, Malvern. A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the program will start at 7:00 p.m. For a ticket, send a check for $85 to CC2020, P. O. Box 321 Lyndell, PA 19343. To register online, go to www.CC202.org and visit the Secure Registration in the organization’s safe shopping section. The online registration fee is $88. For questions, call 484-680-5570 or email info@cc2020.org.

The master of ceremonies for the event will be Ken Knickerbocker, publisher of American Community Journals, a network that includes VISTA.Today. He is a former Chester County2020 board member and a prior member of Parkesburg Borough Council.

Chester County 2020 is a non-profit organization helping to create livable communities by bringing people together to find common ground and then working to transform dialogue into action. For more information, see www.cc2020.org.

Norristown council members and administration and Montgomery County Commissioners take part in the ribbon cutting for Arbor Knoll.

Arbor Knoll, created on the heels of the highly successful Arbor Heights and Arbor Mews communities, plays an integral role in transforming Norristown into a thriving and desirable neighborhood in which to live, work, and play. Gathered for a ribbon-cutting at Arbor Knoll on Wednesday are, from left, Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence, Rep. Tim Briggs (D-149th Dist.), developer Sarah Peck, Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, Municipal Administrator Crandall Jones, and Norristown Municipal Council member Valerie Scott Cooper. Missing from photo is Council president Sonya Sanders.

Arbor Knoll is latest Norristown project by Progressive Housing Ventures

NORRISTOWN It’s easy to predict that the third time will be a charm for Progressive Housing Ventures LLC, with the renowned purveyor of innovative urban living having worked its magic twice before in Norristown.

On the heels of Arbor Heights and Arbor Mews, the company’s vision of 34 “stacked” town homes, collectively known as Arbor Knoll, will soon be under construction at 1529 DeKalb St., a site that many may remember as the former home of Ersine Tennis Club, now in the last stages of demolition.

A model home will likely be ready to entice potential homeowners with its easy-living design next spring, noted Sarah Peck, founder and CEO of Malvern-based Progressive Housing Ventures.

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