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Newtown Swim Club to Close after Next Summer

The club's owner said he has submitted an application to the township to develop the property as housing.

This article was updated at 5:15 p.m. Friday from its original version to include a comment from owner David Platt.

The will be closing its doors, likely by the end of next summer, the club’s owner wrote in an email to members Thursday. 

In the email, owner David Platt explained that the club has filed an application with the township to develop the property as housing. “Depending upon the speed of this process, the summer of 2013 will most likely be our last summer operating the Newtown Swim Club and Newtown Day Camp,” the email stated.

Platt told Patch the decision to close the club was "extremely hard" and is due to the fact that he is ill with melanoma.

Platt purchased the swim club in 1983. Since then, “I have poured my heart and soul into every summer," he wrote in the email.

The email goes on to say, "next summer we will celebrate our 30th anniversary and I hope everyone will be here to join us for our last season."

In February, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors approved , which will likely open at the start of summer 2013. 

Platt said the addition at the NAC had nothing to do with his decision.

Living the Bucks Life July 09, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Just like Frost Watson, Toll Bros is probably involved in this decision to close. An offer they can't refuse. Although not happy with yet another overly compacted neighborhood in Newtown, I too would take the money and run in this economy. I wish David Platt an easy fight and be able to enjoy his future years in peace andrelaxation !
Mar July 11, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Yes, you are right about that house...Worthington bought and left it there to rot as an eyesore for YEARS just to prevent NSC from getting the property. Those of you who say a little competition is a good thing, obviously do not own the NAC.
Mar July 11, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I was a NAC member for close to 20 years and finally had enough... Constantly building, building, building with fees constantly going up, up, up... I don't think they'll be happy until they own all of Newtown. Ugh, no thanks!
the REAL VOICE July 11, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Advocating a tax INCREASE is exactly what U R doing !
the REAL VOICE July 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Mr. Platt, I wish U the best, Take care !

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