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Developer Releases Sketch of New Proposal for Former Acme Site

The new plans feature 20,000 square feet of retail space in two buildings plus 26 apartment rental units. Anthropologie will be one of five retail tenants.

 

Developers of The Promenade have released a sketch of the mixed-use project slated for the former Acme site on Sycamore Street.

. The supervisors will consider the application at its next meeting on June 13.

According to the applicant, which is now comprised of a group of investors including Newtown Athletic Club owner Jim Worthington, the new plans feature 20,000 square feet of retail space in two buildings. The previous plans called for 22,600 square feet of retail in one building that featured a breezeway.

The new plans feature five retail tenants, including Anthropologie, as well as 26 apartment rental units. The previous plan included 25 condominiums.

Ed June 06, 2012 at 04:58 PM
And where is all the parking since the underground parking is gone and the buildings are set so far back? Did the Newtown Planning Commission consider that Sycamore Street, the Goodnoe property, and the Borough have a real and current issue with REAL parking space availability (compared to the parking and over crowding Ice Cream Alley which should not be allowed for public safety / traffic safety sake)? The illustration looks great - duh, but as someone earlier suggested - the buildings should be more towards the street with sidewalks to imitate the Goodnoe city street look which at first does not appear as "nice" nor as green as the pretty picture, but once you think about it that idea makes a lot more sense then grass taking up needed parking spaces for the five retail store customers and the 26 apartment rental units. With the building toward Sycamore the back becomes real parking spaces. Hopefully the Board of Supervisors will consider traffic safety as well as property (business) owner rights this time ...
Concerned Resident June 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Have the developers indicated how many parking places will be available in the revised plan?
Kara Seymour June 06, 2012 at 06:06 PM
they received a variance in November to have 116 spaces. From that article "Local regulations require 152 spaces (two per each apartment and 100 for retail), but traffic engineer Joseph DeSantis presented studies to show that 116 spaces is adequate." More: http://newtown-pa.patch.com/articles/tk-eacea2c8
New18940town June 06, 2012 at 06:31 PM
What the town really needs there is a parking garage, not more businesses
Man Landers June 06, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Is it just me or do the buildings on the sketch seem out of proportion to the actual width of the lot? For perspective, consider that the entrance is a continuation of Lincoln Ave. Curious as to what others think.
Man Landers June 06, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Correction. It'd be a continuation of Jefferson Ave. , not Lincoln.
J L June 06, 2012 at 08:53 PM
All you parking whiners should calm down. We all know once each of you finds a parking spot, you'll be shopping at Anthropologie. Deny it all you wish.
Jordan June 07, 2012 at 12:06 PM
This sketch is horrible! Where is Sycamore? Why would the Township pay so much to make the sidewalks and streetscape on Sycamore nice and walkable just to allow a property to build a suburban office park set hundreds of feet back from the nice sidewalks? What is the Township thinking? I mean, this is better than it sitting abandoned, but I don't understand why they would be so desperate to just approve something that doesn't fit into this street at all. As far as building a cohesive walkable street, this is no better than if they put a car dealership there. I unfortunately cannot attend the meeting on the 13th -- but anyone who agrees with me...please please please attend and let them know this. This is a unique opportunity to finish making the two full blocks north of Jefferson St on Sycamore a perfect extension of the quaint borough, with the amenity of parking behind each building to support those traveling by car...I really hope the Township doesn't blow this vision on the very last parcel...
Jordan June 07, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Kara -- Do you know if there is a way to give feedback for the meeting next week without actually being there? Thanks.
Barbara June 07, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Perhaps they have set it back because of the 26 apartments and the noise factor of Sycamore Street...traffic traveling at 35+ miles down the road and the street light right there. But agree it should be forward with parking in the rear. Why does that make sense to all of us and not the planning commission?
Mike Gallagher June 07, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Jordan and all, I believe the sketch that is shown here is deceiving. I can see how from this picture it looks like the building will be set back. In fact, that's not the case. If you look at the left of the picture and see the white car, imagine that car is ON Sycamore Street. The yellow VW is turning off of Sycamore onto Jefferson. Because the Saloon and other buildings on the East side of Sycamore aren't shown, it looks like this will be set back from Sycamore. The buildings in the Promenade will have only a sidewalk between them and the street. The parking will be in the rear. The reddish SUV vehicle on the left of the picture is depicted as coming out of the parking lot. I hope this makes more sense, as it sounds like you're looking for the same "look and feel" of a walkable Sycamore Street as the BOS, Planning Commission, and Sycamore Street Community Association. Mike Gallagher
Jordan June 07, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Hi Mike -- Thank you very much for the clarification. That is exactly the look-and-feel I was hoping for. This picture is indeed very deceiving. Thanks for clearing it all up!
the VOICE June 07, 2012 at 11:37 PM
E-Mail the Supervisors ! Get to know whats going on, stop your whinning ! The Supervisors meetings are Televised LIVE, with reruns shown until the next MTG. On Comcast and Fios !
the VOICE June 07, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Lee, when are U moving ?
Jordan June 08, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Calm down "the VOICE". That's exactly what I did, and they were very receptive, with three of them almost immediately getting back to me, and Mike posting below as a result of my e-mail. It turns out the image is very deceptive -- I wouldn't call me misinterpreting a deceptive image as "whinning", or whining though.
bobrodo June 10, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Is that going to be a bank on left side? We don't need another so is there a way to block a bank just like the sycamore business association (led by GP) is blocking restaurants from going in there.
Ron K July 30, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Jim Worthington involved? No Community Center? Hmmmmmm....

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