NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE
A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township
100 MUNICIPAL DRIVE
TUESDAY JANUARY 11, 2005
Approval of Minutes
Mr. Ward made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 11, 2005 meeting as presented. Mr. Merjeski seconded; the motion carried, with abstention by Mr. Piazza.
Members Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members Joe Merjeski, Shannon Wilson, John Nejman, Frank Tyrol; Supervisor Tom Jirele; Planning Commission Liaison Shawn Ward, Esq..
Members Not Present: Members David Burns, Jr., Melva Vittoriano; Rand Jaslow, Borough Liaison; Barry Dinneen, Borough Representative; HARB representative Terry McLean; Planning Commission Liaisons Beth Sanderlin and Michael Piazza.
Also present: Nelson Shaffer representing Pennoni Associates Inc.; Robert Bebon representing Newtown Presbyterian Church; John Hunter representing Pennoni Associates; business owner Robert Thomas; Dave and Fran Heller.
Call to Order: Chairman Lombardi called the meeting to order at 8:06 PM.
Approval of Minutes
Mr. Merjeski made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 14, 2004 meeting as presented. Mr. Wilson seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
- Allan Smith – one building, streetscape parallel to the street, three stories with retail and office on the first floor and residential on floors 2 and 3. Retail space = 23,000 sq. ft. Parking = 142 spaces, with 98 in the rear and 44 underneath the building.
- Omni Group– two buildings, three stories, retail on the first floor and residential (8 condos and 18 apartments) on floors 2 and 3. Retail space = 13,000 sq. ft. Parking = 115 spaces.
- Pearl Properties – this proposal was beyond the scope of the Acme Visioning committee, and included relocation of the Ambulance Squad and 39 garden apartments, 13 on each of three levels on Eagle Road. On Sycamore – streetscape parallel to the street, three floors with retail on first floor and 14 residential units each on floor 2 and 3. Retail space = 30,000 sq ft. Parking = three levels with a total of 228 spaces.
- Elliot Building Group – two buildings, three stories, with retail on first floor and the 2nd and 3rd floors to be connected. Retail space – 23,000 sq. ft. Office space – 45,000 sq. ft. Elliott would plan to eventually use the building for their corporate headquarters. Mr. Lombardi noted that an earlier proposal was more modern; this plan was a more appropriate design.
Mr. Lombardi said that two proposals fit the visioning committee’s vision, and that the proposals would be discussed further at the BOS work session on January 19, 2005. Mr. Lombardi noted the parking elements: Elliott proposed a two level concrete parking garage, Allan Smith proposed surface and underground parking, Omni proposed surface parking, and Pearl proposed three levels of parking. Mr. Jirele reported that the proposal by Pearl Properties has been rejected by the BOS as too intense. It was reported that one more proposal would be reviewed by the Supervisors.
Mr. Shaffer said he had requested that McMahon look into a left hand lane northbound on Sycamore to turn into the Acme site.
Mr. Thomas asked about the small ravine/ditch along his property line; Mr. Shaffer said that they found no easement along the swale and the bottom of the pipe along the ditch had deteriorated. Mr. Shaffer said he had the inspector look at the pipe and they found the arch of the pipe was beginning to give way and spill materials into the stream channel. Mr. Shaffer said that the pipe needed to be repaired, and that PennDOT might extend the contract to allow for the pipe replacement, possibly at 80-20 cost to the township. He said they needed to figure out the most cost effective way to complete the repair, which might involve doing the work under detour rather than during the night. Mr. Shaffer said the pipe should be addressed now, and should take approximately a week to complete. Mr. Lombardi suggested they review the situation to see what the project would involve, and said that he would want to know well in advance if the road needed to be closed for the repairs. He said that if two gangs worked around the clock that the project might be completed quickly. Mr. Merjeski noted that closing the road would greatly impact the area.
Mr. Shaffer said that with a limited budget they must consider the most cost effective way to repair the pipe, and said they are looking into the condition of the pipe at the time of the turnback of the road to the township. He said they would like to take care of the pipe in February, and then finish the curb and sidewalk in the spring. Mr. Shaffer said they are hoping to save the stone wall over the pipe near the street as well as the stone structure along the ravine. Mr. Shaffer said he would bring options back to the committee; Mr. Lombardi noted that the issue could be discussed further at an upcoming meeting between the Community Relations Sub-committee and H & K.
Next Meetings: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8, 2005.
On motion by Mr. Ward, and without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary