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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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July 18, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Manayunk seems to grow and grow, and more and more the engines of that growth are homegrown. In the case of Green Lane Realty Associates, four of the six partners involved in the four-phase conversion of the former St. Lucy's Church and School are Manayunkers. The two not from Manayunk -- Bob Elfant and Jared Pontz -- are partners in Martin Elfant Inc. and Direct Mortgage Loan Co. in Mount Airy, up the hill and on the other side of the park. "I think being from Manayunk makes it easier to build here," said C.J. Koch, who grew up at Green Lane and Ritchie Street, a two-minute walk to St. Lucy's, which he attended.
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June 20, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Even if you aren't a fan of Victorian architecture, your first view of the Washington House Hotel as you drive down the North Main Street hill into Sellersville may knock your socks off. The hotel, and the Sellersville Theater next door on North Temple Street, are just two of the many marvels of this Bucks County borough of 4,241 people 30 miles north...
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June 6, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. With all eyes focused on the rising real estate fortunes of Philadelphia, what's going on 25 miles away is sometimes ignored, except by the people who live in what many these days call "the reemerging boroughs. " One of these is Souderton, a Montgomery County community off Route 309 that during a couple of recent visits was a hub of activity, now that work has resumed around the train station at Broad and Main Streets.
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May 27, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Zoning officials have approved plans for a 46-unit townhouse development near 20th and Wharton Streets in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood, according to the website of the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections. The Zoning Board of Adjustment granted permits Monday for the project, which a development team including Howard Silverman wants to build at a 38,600-square-foot former industrial site. Some members of the surrounding community had objected to the plan, arguing that the land should be used for a commercial or new industrial purpose that creates jobs.
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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.
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