DeLorenzo's Withdraws Application for Newtown Location

According to a letter sent Monday from DeLorenzo’s attorney, the famous pizzeria has “elected to abandon the project.

DeLorzeno’s Tomato Pies has withdrawn its application for a location in Newtown Township. 

According to a letter sent Monday from DeLorenzo’s attorney Don Marshall to the township, the famous pizzeria has “elected to abandon the project.”

DeLorenzo’s is withdrawing both its conditional use application and zoning hearing board application for a 4,500 square-foot restaurant on Newtown-Yardley Road, at the site of the former Newtown Veterinary Hospital. 

“My client has determined that the feasibility of the project is in question and because of the tremendous financial commitment that must be made to proceed, my client has elected to abandon the project,” Marshall wrote in his letter to the township. 

De Lorenzo’s was seeking zoning permission to construct a restaurant in the Office/Light Industrial zone. An eating place is a permitted use by condition in that zoning area. In December, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors voted not to oppose that application in front of the Zoning Hearing Board.

In addition to conditional use approval, variances for parking and buffers were also needed.

De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies are famous throughout the region. The pizzeria, which first opened in Trenton in 1947, last year closed its restaurant in the city’s Chambersburg section. 

“I would love to see DeLorenzo’s come here and I hope they find another property,” Newtown Township Supervisor Jen Dix told Patch.  Dix said she was not aware if the pizzeria had already closed on the Newtown Yardley Road property.

Percy Naranjo January 17, 2014 at 08:39 AM
@ Rob Ciervo: you seem very fluent in this topic. I'm a partner in a business in Newtown. Could the issue have been the sewer moratorium? I was trying to bring another business to Newtown and that is what stopped me. Lastly someone wrote that Newtown didn't want restaurants on Newtown-Yardley Road. There are two restaurants on that road.
Rob Ciervo January 17, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Percy, I am unsure as to why this applicant did not plead their case for a variance at the Zoning Hearing Board. The sewer moratorium is something that has been decided at the state level by the PA DEP. I am unaware of any restaurants within 300 feet of Newtown-Yardley Road currently. To which are you referring?
. January 20, 2014 at 04:09 PM
I hear that their tomato pie attract bears. Now these restaurants are putting the whole town at risk.
the REAL VOICE January 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM
How Bout Lions and Tigers TOO !
. January 23, 2014 at 07:12 AM
Voice, don't get crazy. We all know that Lions and Tigers don't eat tomato pies!


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