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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
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.
NEWS
September 7, 1989 | By Dominic Sama, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developer Louis Nemeth has moved closer to starting a townhouse development that is expected to spruce up a busy intersection in the south Wayne section of Radnor Township. The Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval of Nemeth's 49-unit development on a site that formerly was occupied by a quarry. The vote was 6-0. The subdivision plan now goes before the commissioners, who are expected to give Nemeth approval to begin work. Nemeth plans to build the townhouses on 6.149 acres at Conestoga Road and West Wayne Avenue, a corner now dominated by a tavern, a flower shop and hardware store.
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NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite persistent opposition, a large redevelopment project in Washington Township that appeared destined to remain tied up in court may be heading toward construction, after officials authorized a tax deal for the plan. An attorney for the redeveloper planning the Washington Square project said Tuesday that his client intends to move "full speed ahead" toward site plans and that two business tenants had already been secured for the mixed housing and commercial project. Last week, the township council approved a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT)
BUSINESS
March 16, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. If you want the scoop on Bensalem, just ask Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo, a lifelong resident of the Bucks County community just over the Philadelphia line. "When I was growing up, 75 percent of the township was produce farms," recalls the affable DiGirolamo, who ran his family's operation from age 26 until he retired at 51. "It wasn't until after World War II, and especially in the 1960s" that the township's fields filled with houses and apartment buildings, he says, somewhat nostalgically.
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A deal in Washington Township between elected officials and school leaders may help temper opposition to a housing and commercial project initiated seven years ago. The township council approved a measure Wednesday to allocate 44 percent of the revenue from a proposed tax agreement for the Washington Square redevelopment project to the school district. Resistance to the project from residents and school officials has centered on concerns that the planned housing components and a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT)
REAL_ESTATE
February 16, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
A father-and-son team, Harvey and Noah Ostroff, is aiming to build and sell high-end townhouses for suburban-type buyers who love the nightlife - and might want to live at 22d and Walnut Streets in Center City. With partners Michael Murray and Howard Siegal, the company, Center City Development, already has completed Lombard Estates and Rittenhouse Estates, townhouses bigger and wider than is typical for Philadelphia that are for sale at 18th and 19th Streets at Lombard. They're repeating the model with the development of Walnut Estates at a corner that is now a parking lot. Starting price: $2.25 million a home.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   East Bradford Township is "one of the most desirable places to live in Chester County," says Kit Anstey, of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors. He should know: It has been his home for 40 years. To be honest, Anstey's connections here go back three years more, to 1972, "when I joined the Radley Run Country Club. " He has owned two houses in his time in East Bradford, which is west of West Chester but east of West Bradford Township.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   Like love and marriage, West Goshen and West Chester go together like a horse and carriage. It's not that West Goshen Township, which surrounds the Chester County seat, can't stand on its own. It's simply that West Chester's growing restaurant scene and other amenities have made it a destination for those living in the towns nearby. The fact that West Goshen is just minutes away from the borough's downtown gives its residents a head start on parking.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. "You know. Something like Manayunk. " In the last two years, there hasn't been a conversation reported in this space about a reemerging suburban borough or a hopeful city neighborhood that did not include at least one reference to the "Manayunk experience. " That's Manayunk, translated from present-day Philadelphian as trendy and hip , as opposed to Manayunk, from a Lenni Lenape word meaning river (in this case, the Schuylkill)
NEWS
December 3, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tiny pink flags appeared recently in the ground to mark the spot where the first townhouses will be built in a bulldozed neighborhood in Mount Holly that was declared blighted more than a decade ago. Some Mount Holly Gardens residents had sued, saying the town's plan to redevelop the area was discriminatory because their rowhouses were being demolished and replaced with market-rate units they could not afford. Their case went through state and federal courts, and was settled one year ago. Under the 111-page settlement, seven homeowners agreed to move and take a buyout, while 20 others were promised new townhouses, referred to as "replacement homes," in the Gardens.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Promenade greenways, nature trails, and water views for a townhouse development will sprout next year at a location along a commercial corridor that local leaders hope will mark a rebirth for Clementon. The developer joined elected officials and other dignitaries Wednesday behind shovels in the old Acme shopping center on the White Horse Pike, where they broke ground for the first phase - 49 upscale townhouses in Leewood Villages at Rowand Pond. Clementon, a two-square-mile borough in Camden County, has about 5,000 residents.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Construction of townhouses at the site of the long-vacant Mount Sinai Hospital in South Philadelphia could begin in the next few weeks, now that the city Zoning Board of Adjustment has given its approval for this first phase of a larger project proposed by Greenpointe Construction. Building permits are pending for the 37 three-story townhouses. Still awaiting approval is a plan to convert the hospital's main building into up to 198 apartments. Greenpointe, a Philadelphia firm run by Gagandeep Lakhmna, seeks historic tax credits to renovate the main building, said Koenig.
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