NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2004
Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Schreiber moved to approve the minutes of the September meeting as presented. Mr. Roberts seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Present: Chairman Richard Weaver, Hal Roberts, Sue Britsch, Don Harris, Steve Schreiber, Patrice Martin, Robert Michaud, Dan McCloskey, Kent Lufkin, Karen Slifka, Ann Marie Berardinucci, Christina Ortwein, Patti Powers.
Call to Order: Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 12:05 PM.
Public Comment - None
Codes Department Business Development Report
Ms. Powers of the Codes Department distributed and reviewed the report for June 2004.
Approval of the Minutes
Mr. Roberts moved to approve the minutes of the July 1, 2004 meeting as presented. Ms. Britsch seconded; the motion carried unanimously. There was no August meeting.
Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce
There was no report. Information about LBCCC events is available on the website: www.lbccc.org.
Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation
Ms. Ortwein, new Newtown Mainstreets Manager, introduced herself and said she is in the process of setting up the office and meeting with various community groups.
Newtown Business and Professional Association
Information relevant to all the association’s events could be found at their website: www.newtownbpa.org.
Economic Development Commission
Mr. Weaver reported that things were quiet, and that they haven’t heard anything additional regarding the proposed hotel/conference center. He said that Jessie Terry was beginning work on a 25,000 square foot office building. Mr. McCloskey suggested that it would be good publicity to have the Courier Times do a piece on the recent development in the Business Commons, and said that Mr. Weaver should receive some credit for the its success. Mr. McCloskey complimented the new Law Admissions building; Mr. Schreiber said he would be happy to conduct tours of the new building. Mr. Schreiber noted that they were attempting to lease the old 48,000 square foot building. Mr. Weaver reported that the township is installing part of the Newtown Trail near the Langhorne Players.
Mr. Weaver said that work was continuing on the Sycamore Street Project, and that the new patterned concrete sidewalks looked great. He said that four RFP’s had been received by the township for the old Acme site, including upscale shops, parking in the rear and apartments above; two proposals fit the vision of the visioning committee, and one included 211 parking spaces. Mr. Weaver said that the developer would deal directly with the owning family; the township has assumed the lease on the property. He noted that the Redevelopment Authority would facilitate the transfer of property. Mr. Weaver said that the Board of Supervisors is still receiving inquiries regarding site development.
Mr. Weaver said that the county is still working on the sewer moratorium issue, and is looking into the possibility of a sewage/water treatment facility at the USX property.
Mr. Harris announced that the township’s Community Safety Day would be held on September 18, 2004 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the vacant lot across from the Ambulance Squad. He noted that they were attempting to integrate the day with Market Day to draw greater attendees; other agencies would be participating.
It was noted that the new Council Rock Senior Center, built by Northampton Township and located across from the Northampton Library, would be dedicated on September 12, 2004 at 11:30 a.m.
The next scheduled BDC meeting will be Thursday, October 7, 2004.
Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary