Newtown Business Development Council
Minutes for the Meeting held on November 1, 2007
Present: Michael Solomon, Wayne Bishop, Marge Frederick, Hal Roberts, Dick Weaver, Brandon Wind, Chris Ortwein
Call to Order: Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order.
Public Comment: None
Codes Department Business Development Report
Director of Planning & Zoning Mike Solomon presented the report, covering October 2007, noting that BF Pizzeria would be replacing Philly Crab in the Village of Newtown South.
Approval of the Minutes
Ms. Frederick made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 4, 2007 meeting as presented. Mr. Roberts seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Marge noted the upcoming Percolator meeting would be held at Conwell Egan School on November 8 th; information and details about all LBCCC events is available on the website: www.lbccc.org.
Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation
Ms. Ortwein said that AHA! Friday was this Friday, noting that the program had grown over the last three years. She noted that new business Mother of Five Maternity Shop would replace Casadonti Homes at 5 Washington Avenue, that Violet & Blue had been sold and the name changed to Boutique Belle Abeille, and Sycamore Kitchens & More has replaced Knithaven at Creekside at Sycamore. Ribbon cuttings will take place at this Friday’s AHA!, at Sycamore Kitchens at 6:00 pm, at Belle Abeille at 7:00 pm, and at Mother of Five at 7:15 pm. The JDNC/Main Streets website is: www.newtownpa.us.
Newtown Business and Professional Association
It was noted that the next Business Card Exchange will be November 15 th; this is a group card exchange to be held at the Newtown Theatre and sponsored by several businesses. Information about the association and its events is available at the NBPA website: www.newtownbpa.org.
Newtown Business Commons Association
Mr. Weaver reported that he had attended the ground breaking for the new hotel in the Business Commons; it will be a Hilton Homewood Suites. He noted that much of the infrastructure is already in place, and that the developer said the project should be complete in 10 months. The décor of the hotel will match that of Cam Troilo’s building but will be brick. It was noted that the TMA would provide transportation from the Woodbourne RR Station to the hotel. Mr. Weaver noted that with the new buildings appearing façade improvements are being made to older buildings.
Mr. Weaver said he went to the new Cosi Café, which would be opening next week, and said it was quite upscale. Ms. Ortwein suggested a ribbon cutting.
Mr. Weaver reported he will meet with Representative David Steil on November 15 th to discuss the availability of seed money to proceed with engineering for possible parking downtown; Pennoni has given him a preliminary write up. Mr. Weaver said he will work with Allan Smith as well. He noted that a parking garage could provide as many as 400 parking spaces and would be hidden from stores in the foreground. Mr. Weaver said they are investigating “pocket parking” areas, such as at the Dilks property near Meglio’s and in space behind Lukoil; the Dilks family are amendable to sale or lease of some property and a Lukoil contact has not yet been identified. It was noted that the straightening of the intersection at S. Eagle and Swamp Road would help; it is expected to be signalized and provide a pedestrian crossing.
Mr. Weaver reported he had met with property owners in the Business Commons regarding the extension of Terry Drive to the Bypass; they had no objections. As long as the township is agreeable, additional parking could be added during development. The Terry Drive extension is expected to take a lot of traffic off of Fountain Farm Road.Mr. Weaver said that appears that the Veterans Cemetery deal is nearly complete; the White House has given approval but the issue has not been confirmed in Washington D.C. yet. He said that Toll Brothers has signed the agreement of sale for the property to the Veterans Association. Mr. Weaver also noted that the county has purchased from Toll 27 acres in front of the cemetery.
Due to the holidays, the next scheduled BDC meeting will be Thursday, January 3, 2008 at Dolce Carini Restaurant, 2821 S. Eagle Road.
AdjournmentWithout objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:10 p.m.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary