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REAL_ESTATE
July 5, 1991 | By Marguerite P. Jones, Special to The Inquirer
FIELDSTONE AT PERKIOMEN WOODS Collegeville Montgomery County 215-489-5722 Fieldstone defies the tradition of townhouses. Instead of neat, predictable box-like structures, these homes offer unexpected angles and turns. Over the entryways are half-moon windows, on the staircases are planter shelves. Cathedral ceilings, half-turn stairways and half-wall dividers fill in other spaces. "A lot of people come in and say they don't feel like they are in a townhouse," said Penny Pavucek, sales consultant for the development in Collegeville.
NEWS
April 30, 1986 | By Charlie Frush, Inquirer Staff Writer
Burlington Waterfront Corp. has been granted an extension to continue using four townhouses in its Quaker Landing development as offices. The extension to Dec. 4 was granted by the Burlington City zoning board at its April 21 meeting. The original variance, needed because the townhouses are within a residential district, was granted eight months ago, when the firm said it needed the space because the offices of its parent company in Willingboro, Hill International, were being rehabilitated.
NEWS
May 11, 2011 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
For nearly four hours Monday night, a debate roiled in Bucks County over the potential impact of a 175-townhouse development on the small, historic community of Lin-Park next door. Several dozen residents warned of traffic nightmares, drainage problems - indeed, the ruination of their peaceful neighborhood. But in the end, the Bensalem Township Council voted, 3-2, to allow the project. It will rise at the edge of Lin-Park, whose roots were set in the 1920s when a white farmer put aside land for blacks to build homes outside the city.
NEWS
July 24, 1988 | By Laura Fortunato , Special to The Inquirer
The East Pikeland Township supervisors gave preliminary approval for construction of a housing development along Route 113 in the southeast section of the township, adjacent to the township's commercial district. At the Tuesday meeting, developer Roy Pompeii presented preliminary plans for construction of 91 townhouses and 29 houses on about 31 acres of the former Wilson tract. The property is zoned for four units per acre and includes public sewers. Pompeii planned to build 89 townhouses and 31 single-family houses on the site, but changed the plan to improve a proposed water drainage system.
NEWS
October 2, 1988 | By Wendy Walker, Special to The Inquirer
The fate of a controversial 39-townhouse development on the Uwchlan-West Pikeland border may rest on a question of timing. MPS Builders Inc. of West Chester has proposed the development on 12 acres in Uwchlan, between Davis Road and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Last month, Uwchlan's supervisors decided that beginning Sept. 17, no townhouses could be built on lots of less than 20 acres. Because MPS submitted its revised plan in May, Mary Ann Rossi, the company's attorney, said the rule should not apply.
NEWS
August 21, 1988 | By Wendy Walker, Special to The Inquirer
The Uwchlan Board of Supervisors has proposed an ordinance that will restrict townhouse construction in the township. Under the revision to the zoning law, townhouses could only be built on lots of at least 20 acres. The current minimum is three acres. "We want to cut down the number of townhouses going in some areas," said supervisor Chairman Mary Powell at the board's Monday meeting. "It's really a sin to see developers come in here and rape the ground. " Powell said that since all the township's large tracts had been sold, developers were trying to put townhouses on smaller lots.
NEWS
July 17, 1988 | By Denise-Marie Santiago, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Springfield Board of Commissioners has given final approval for a 53- townhouse subdivision at Ridge Pike and Manor Road in the township's panhandle section. In a 7-0 vote on Wednesday night, the commissioners approved final plans for the subdivision, allowing developer Anthony Corrado, owner of Corrado Construction, to begin construction on the 13-acre site. The townhouses in the subdivision, to be called Eagle View, would sell for $180,000 to $225,000, according to Corrado.
NEWS
August 21, 1988 | By Wendy Walker, Special to The Inquirer
The Uwchlan Planning Commission has asked a developer to revise a plan for a townhouse development that would have destroyed a Lionville house built in the early 1800s. While the developer has said he will work with the township to preserve the building, he believes the task will not be easy. An expected change in the township's ordinance permitting townhouses could further hamper the development. The 22-unit project is being proposed by Vintage Development Co. of Malvern, which has an agreement of sale to buy the 3.7-acre property from Jeff McTyier.
NEWS
April 24, 1986 | By Maura C. Ciccarelli, Special to The Inquirer
Willistown supervisors have approved the 62-townhouse Worington Commons plan, part of the Willistown Woods development on West Chester Pike. The supervisors approved the plans Tuesday night, but they said building permits would not be issued until the state Department of Environmental Resources approved tying in the additional units to the existing sewage treatment plant. The approval came after a lengthy discussion over a dispute between Stewart Lundy, the developer's attorney, and Howard Marcu, attorney for the owner of 10 acres surrounded by the Willistown Woods development.
NEWS
November 30, 1989 | By Steve Edgcumbe, Special to The Inquirer
The Terramics Property Co. of Berwyn has asked the Willistown Board of Supervisors for permission to build 211 townhouses. At a supervisors' meeting Monday, Peter O. Hausmann, a partner with Terramics, said the plan called for the Quaker Farm townhouses to be built on an 83-acre tract on the south side of West Chester Pike between Delchester Road and Street Road (Route 926). The owner of the property is Quaker Farms Inc., which is owned by Terramics, Hausmann said. The proposal meets all township zoning requirements, including a requirement to preserve open space in the township, Hausmann told the supervisors.
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May 10, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
When the enemies of slavery were turned away from community meeting places, farmer and lime merchant George Corson gave them a sanctuary where they could rail loud and long against what was known as "the peculiar institution. " Cobbled together in 1856 from a carriage shed and a stone barn at Germantown and Butler Pikes, Abolition Hall became a locus for the antislavery movement in a neighborhood that already was an Underground Railroad station as significant as any in the United States.
REAL_ESTATE
May 9, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Unlike the neighborhoods in and around Center City, the region's suburbs aren't in the throes of a building boom. There are a lot of reasons for that, but the biggest are high land costs with a limited amount of buildable land or finished lots, a higher-priced home market, and a limited skilled-labor pool that has delayed homes being built in time as well as getting infrastructure in place. That appraisal, by Quita Syhapanya of Metrostudy, is echoed by suburban builders and Realtors.
REAL_ESTATE
May 2, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
Population: 3,509 (2010) Median household income: $73,749 (2013) Area: 2.2 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 16 Homes for sale: 14 Average days on market: 54 Median sale price: $238,000 Housing stock: 1,351 units, vintage homes and townhouses School district: Perkiomen Valley SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; Trappe Borough; Diane Williams, Weichert Realtors
REAL_ESTATE
March 28, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
There isn't much property available for redevelopment in and around Fitler Square. So when one of David Morgan's friends told him about a possibility on 24th Street between Spruce and Locust Streets, he was very interested. On that site, a block from the Schuylkill's banks and Carl Dranoff's 1 Riverside high-rise condominiums, Morgan will begin construction in late spring of Fitler Nine: nine four-story, 25-foot-wide townhouses on three sides of a landscaped courtyard, with parking for 18 cars beneath the greenspace.
NEWS
March 14, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Mark Fazlollah, and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
Labor leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty says the nonunion workers pelted him with bricks, opening up a cut on his head. The nonunion bricklayers said Dougherty was the one throwing bricks, and that Dougherty hurt himself when he stumbled while advancing toward them. Responding police blamed both sides. "The situation escalated where objects where thrown at one another," an officer said. What seems beyond dispute is that an ugly confrontation took place that May weekend in 2014 at a big townhouse project in South Philadelphia, pitting Dougherty and some of his union members against nonunion workers.
REAL_ESTATE
March 13, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Brian K. Friedman says he tried for more than 12 years to acquire Colonial Park West, a 96-unit townhouse apartment development in Prospect Park, before sealing the $8.725 million deal at the end of last year. The Delaware County community, built in the mid-1970s, had seen better days. Friedman, owner and president of Friedman Realty Group, an investment firm based in Gibbsboro, believed he could bring out the property's "full potential. " Despite the long wait, Friedman, who owns and manages 35 properties in Pennsylvania and South Jersey, was able to close the deal in 32 days.
REAL_ESTATE
February 29, 2016
Population: 15,807 (2010) Median household income: $86,082 Area: 13.5 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 43 Homes for sale: 43 Average days on market: 45 Median sale price: $299,000 Housing stock: 6,442 units; condos, townhouses, and single-family homes School district: Rose Tree Media SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; Barbara M. Mastronardo, Weichert Realtors, Media
REAL_ESTATE
February 22, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Westfield 41 is so called because that is the percentage of the Limerick Township site on which developer Longview Property Group of Berwyn has planted 160 garden-style apartments and 32 rental townhouses. The remaining larger portion of the 37-acre location fronting Lewis Road just north of the Route 422 Expressway interchange is open space, including a scenic path that will someday be part of the Limerick Township Trail System. Longview, which has a long track record building shopping centers - Lansdowne Center, Limerick Square and Thorndale Center, among them - "understands that there is a shortage of multifamily" in this area, said Jessica Scully, president of Scully Co. of Jenkintown, which is managing Westfield 41. To meet the demand, Longview has more than a dozen multifamily projects in various stages of development, according to the company's website.
REAL_ESTATE
February 7, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. On one January Sunday, Kennett Square basked in bright sunshine and, according to the National Weather Service, a record-setting 65 degrees. It was a picture-perfect day for a visit to what is still considered "the Mushroom Capital of the World," even though there has been a lot of industry consolidation in recent years. Nursing- and rehabilitation-center giant Genesis HealthCare, with $4.4 billion in annual revenue and 90,000 employees, made 101 E. State St. its corporate headquarters in the late 1990s and has contributed to Kennett Square's growth and prosperity since.
REAL_ESTATE
January 11, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
One might think that with his 500 Walnut high-rise starting to poke its head above the fence enclosing it at Fifth and Walnut Streets, developer Tom Scannapieco would have little else on his mind. One would be wrong. With "construction just a few weeks behind" and sales of multimillion-dollar ultra-luxury condos "ahead of schedule," the developer is going full speed ahead on what might be described as the suburban version of 500 Walnut. The Residences at Rabbit Run Creek, in Solebury Township, Bucks County, will be within walking distance of downtown New Hope, built on a 23-acre tract of second-growth forest Scannapieco bought when he saw how well nearby Waterview, his first ground-up project, went over with affluent buyers - many of whom already had two or three houses elsewhere.
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