"Bulldogs are the heart of West York," she said.
About two dozen residents and borough officials listened to a presentation Wednesday night about design ideas for improving West York's square and central business district.
They included: a bronze bulldog on the square, new streetlights, sidewalk extensions, planting trees and vegetation. Read the final report.
The goal with the project is to create the borough's own identity, according to the borough's streetscape study, which was prepared by the York County Planning Commission.
West York will have about $200,000 to hire a firm to prepare construction documents and construct a part of the project, said Jennifer Line of Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects. It is being paid for with funds from the York County Community Development Block Grant program.
Other plans for the square at the intersection of West Market Street and Highland Avenue could include installing a kiosk to give people information about the area, setting an historic plaque in bricks and relocating the town clock from the fire station to the square.
Creating a bicycle lane on West Market Street was another idea, but Brenneman, who is a rider, said she thinks it would be dangerous because of the tractor-trailers that travel along there.
Others praised the plans as well.
Michael Froehlich, general manager of the York Fair/York Expo Center, said he likes the plan overall.
"It identifies the borough and I think that's important," he said.
Council member Shane Louthian said he's excited about the proposed improvements.
He hopes the changes will encourage others to make improvements. And he hopes that people passing through will slow down and stop and patronize local businesses.
Mayor Samuel Firestone said he'd like to see the borough go with a cantilever lamp post to distinguish the borough from the city.
He talked about another town that has made similar improvements and the difference it made in its look before and after the project.
"It was awesome," he said.
His wife, Jean Firestone, said West York needs some freshening up.
"I think it's going to look beautiful," she said. "We do need a boost in the borough."
Other planned projects
Two projects - unrelated to the proposed streetscape improvements for West York - will be happening in the borough in the coming years.
One is a signal improvement in the borough square. That is planned for 2015, said Jeph Rebert, senior transportation planner for the York County Planning Commission.
The other is the reconstruction of West Market Street. That is planned for 2014.
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