Newtown Business Development Council

Minutes for the Meeting held on September 6, 2007


Present: Michael Solomon, Wayne Bishop, Chris Ortwein, Riki Brennan, Marge Frederick, Hal Roberts, Dan McCloskey

Call to Order: Mr. Solomon called the meeting to order in the absence of the Chairman.

Codes Department Business Development Report

Director of Planning & Zoning Mike Solomon presented the report, covering August 2007, noting:

  • Arya Oriental Rugs is moving to 159 N. Sycamore Street.
  • Gabi Flower Shop will be a new store at the Farmer’s Market
  • Sycamore Kitchens & More will occupy 123 N. Sycamore Street
  • The Promenade at Sycamore Street was denied; the township is working on acquiring the property.
  • Structure only approved at Goodnoe’s Corner; signs to be resolved.

Mr. Solomon will bring information on medical uses in the LI and OLI districts to the next BDC meeting.

Approval of the Minutes

Mr. Roberts moved to approve the minutes of the June meeting as presented. Mr. Bishop seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.


Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce

Information and details about all LBCCC events is available on the website:

Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation

Ms. Ortwein reported that tickets for the Brewfest are completely sold out. She said she is in the process of preparing a 3 year report; this is the end of the first Main Street contract. She said everyone would be receiving a copy of the report. Ms. Ortwein said she has been pleased with the progress in all four areas of the program: design, economic restructuring, organization and promotion.

Ms. Ortwein noted there are two new businesses on State Street; last year, for the first time in nearly 10 years, occupancy downtown was 100%. She noted a new business would be coming to Sycamore Street and that there seemed to be a lot of people interested in Newtown.

Ms. Ortwein noted that the first phase of the State Street streetscape was complete – the streetlights, which increase the pedestrian friendliness of the downtown area.

The JDNC/Main Streets website is:

Newtown Business and Professional Association

The next membership breakfast will be held September 25 at Applebee’s Restaurant; register on the website. Upcoming events include the 1 st Annual Business Expo, to be held from 3:00-8:00 pm at the NAC on October 10 th. The yearly annual membership meeting will be at Chandler Hall on October 23 rd; everyone is welcome. Information about the association and its events is available at the NBPA website:

Newtown Business Commons Association

No report.

Next Meeting

The next scheduled BDC meeting will be Thursday, October 4, 2007 at Dolce Carini Restaurant, 2821 S. Eagle Road.


Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1: 00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary