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Borough to Write Letter of Concern to Township Supervisors, Zoning Board

Council President Julia Woldorf will address the council's concern for undeveloped property in a letter to the township supervisors and zoning board.

Newtown Borough council decided at Wednesday night's meeting to write a letter to the township addressing ongoing concern about undeveloped property.

Tonight, Thursday, Nov. 10, Newtown Township's Zoning Hearing Board will meet —The Promenade—on Sycamore Street. The plan has room for 116 parking spaces, which is 36 shy of what is required by township rules, and is part of the Borough's concern.

"It's important to formally register concern," Borough councilmember Mike Sellers said.

He added that it is necessary to send a letter of ongoing concern for the property that "remains to be an undeveloped eyesore." Though the property is not in the borough, he said it is registering concern in the borough, because "the eyesore continues to sit at our doorstep."

Councilmember John Burke suggested focusing the letter on the borough's concern of parking, not on how the property looks.

The council voted and agreed that President Julia Woldorf would compose a letter to both the township supervisors and the zoning board that will register the council's concern over the reduction of parking spots, and suggest that the township considers the interest of both communities when discussing plans for the property.

The township zoning hearing board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the .

Sheryl Kaschak November 10, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Why not level the current Acme and hash out the details later? The old school did that. One day the school was there the next day gone. It makes sense to me. They are going to do something with the property ultimately. It really is such an eyesore. Would someone tell me why this won't work. Seems simple enough.
Nora Jemali November 10, 2011 at 09:12 PM
I agree. Until they decide what to make of the property just level it out and maybe plant some grass and or a garden. I wouldn't mind donating my time to plant flowers. : )
Jen Ross Dix November 11, 2011 at 01:42 PM
It has not been razed because of the immense cost. There is asbestos in the building and it will take a special procedure to bring it down without the dust spreading. I assume the developer needs financing for the project before he can proceed with demolition.
R U guessing ? November 11, 2011 at 11:18 PM
JEN, stop spreading wrong info ! The only hazard is the asphalt-asbestos tile on the floor and that is only harmful, if pulverized into a dust. Not much to worry about, compared to asbestos insulation.
Jen Ross Dix November 12, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Joey, then why hasn't the building been demolished?
R U guessing ? November 12, 2011 at 12:35 AM
Come on Jen, It's the builders trump card, to leave it up tiil' he gets everything he wants.
Karen November 14, 2011 at 04:56 AM
I am sorry, In this case I do agree with Jen. There is asbestos in the building. It cannot be removed by just anyone. There are actual companies out there that this is what they do, remove asbestos in a clean non-toxic way. It costs a lot of money to have asbestos removed. Esp. if you want it removed right. Which I have to say, I breath that air, I want it removed in the safest way possible!
R U guessing ? November 14, 2011 at 08:15 PM
It is not like me to pick up 4 builders, But the housing market did crash, right ? Or R U still smoking dem' magic mushrooms ? And the Banks did tighten' up on the loans, and the weather was bad, and Betsy didn't make the "First" flag, but the space invaders ????????????
LA February 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
FYI ~ Just saw an episode about McGrath Company on Channel-3 news the other night. Reference to an uncompleted development as the "stick houses" - framed out, but left to the elements for months and now framing materials only good for kindling . People had given deposits of $20,000 to $23,000 and now have no way to contact him. Maybe the Township supervisors ought to take another look at who's replacing the old Acme building??

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