DeLorzeno’s Tomato Pies has withdrawn its application for a location in Newtown Township.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