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Developer Releases Sketch of Proposed Piazza

Developer Allan Smith has three proposals on the table for the former Stockburger Chevrolet site. One of them, which is not currently being considered by Borough Council, features this public piazza.

 

Developer Allan Smith, who has submitted three conditional use applications to Newtown Borough for the development of the former Stockburger Chevrolet site, has released a sketch of the public piazza included in one of those proposals.  

Smith is proposing a mixed-use development called Stocking Works II for the site, however, the size and scope of the plan is currently up in the air. A conditional use hearing for Plan A, which has 121 condos, 40,904 square feet of commercial space, a parking garage as well as underground residential parking,  

On Tuesday, Smith released the images of what Plan B would look like. That plan, which is currently not being considered by the borough, features civic amenities such as a creek walk and a public square. The piazza would be located at Centre Ave and South State Street.

Plan B includes the development of two additional acres -- the State Store property plus the adjacent municipal lot – and includes 109 condos and 42,700 square feet of commercial space.

Smith said his firm used its studies of the local architecture to create the renditions for Plan B, which isn’t currently being considered because Smith doesn’t own the one-acre municipal parking lot site. Smith, who owns the State Store property, was the former owner of the municipal lot property but donated it to the borough several years ago.

Plan C eliminates the 210-space parking garage that is included in Plan A and B. 

Plan C also reduces the number of residential condominiums to 78 and the commercial square footage to 23,155. The Stockburger buildings on site, which will be demolished, total approximately 15,000 square feet. Plan C has 116 surface parking spots as well as underground residential parking for the condos.

Ellen January 24, 2012 at 08:38 PM
It would be great to have someplace besides the benches in front of Starbucks to hang out. Also, the tan brick building looks like the one on the corner of Penn and State Street where Hamilton Lumber is now. I like this plan very much.
MR January 25, 2012 at 02:39 AM
These images look very nice. Does anyone know what the projected price point will be for the condos if they are built? I defintely think that 78 units of residential living space is plently, otherwise Newtown will be far too congested. 78 might even be too many...
Michele Sheehan January 25, 2012 at 01:34 PM
So want this. A great addition to Newtown that would help Newtown businesses and put our town in the forefront. Speaking as a realtor in Newtown and, personally, we need luxury condos at a reasonable price point.
Jen Ross Dix January 25, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I really like plan B and think it would be a huge improvement to that part of the Borough. Hats off to Alan Smith to being flexible and working with Boro council and the public. I hope we can get Trader Joe's into the retail space. A small grocery store in that location would be great.
Barbara Ann Miller January 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I would like to see some covered seating areas in the piazza for bad weather. Maybe we could get more public transporation if people had a place to wait out of the weather. Agree with Jen that a Trader Joes would be fantastic. It would be nice to have a grocery store back in the Boro again.
Kara Seymour January 25, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts here -- be sure to communicate directly to borough council, as they are the ones who will be making the decision.
Dan January 25, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Traffic leaving the State Store and the back of Starbucks onto Centre Street is bad now and will have to be addressed with this additional space. Also this project needs to include public parking for workers and visitors to town. I think the Riverwalk idea is the best part off this plan. Too bad creative ideas are not proceeding for THE eyesore of central Bucks- the old Acme site! The Newtown Twp supervisors who let Acme leave that site without leveling the building and cleaning up the lot should be identified and disgraced. They have subjected us to this blight for too many years.
Jim January 25, 2012 at 03:50 PM
The plan indicates on the corner of South State Street and Centre ave....I don't understand this description. Do you mean Sycamore and Centre?
Kara Seymour January 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
The vantage point of this photo is taken from Sycamore but the proposed development is on South State Street and the piazza would be where the State Store lot is now.

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