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De Lorenzo's Application Review Postponed Until February

The Zoning Hearing Board will likely review the famous pizzeria's application in February.

De Lorenzo's wants to demolish the former veterinary hospital to construct a restaurant.
De Lorenzo's wants to demolish the former veterinary hospital to construct a restaurant.

A Zoning Hearing Board review of De Lorzeno’s Tomato Pies' application for a Newtown Township restaurant has been postponed until February.

The Zoning Hearing Board was initially scheduled to review the famous pizzeria’s request for variances needed to open a 4,500 square-foot restaurant during its January meeting.

However, the review was postponed and will most likely be taken up in February, officials said.

Representatives from the famous pizzeria came before the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors last month to present plans for a one-story restaurant at the former Newtown Veterinary Hospital site. De Lorenzo's wants to demolish the former animal hospital and construct a new, one-story brick building where it will serve its famous tomato pies.

However, De Lorenzo’s will need 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 addition to conditional use approval, variances for parking and buffers will also be needed to construct the restaurant. Current plans call for 75 off-street parking spaces.

If approved, the restaurant will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. for dinner.

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. 

It currently operates a restaurant in Robbinsville, N.J.

Man Landers January 09, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Irrational fear of the future (ooh, restaurants) is no reason to deny this type of zoning variance. It's just not a logical argument.
Rob Ciervo January 09, 2014 at 09:24 PM
It is all about what you want the future of that road to be. If you don't mind it turning into food courts and chain restaurants then that is fine. Something tells me all of the residents who live right on that road did not buy their homes to see the road turn into that. But hey that is just me and I'm just a citizen with an opinion on how he'd like his hometown to be.
. January 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM
What is deemed acceptable for this location by the posters on this board? And who gets to make that call? I love that whenever a space opens up in Newtown, people immediately begin to say things like "We need a Trader Joe's" or "Whole Foods needs to go in that space" As if it is up to the public to decide what goes there. I've heard people comment that the Supervisors "Should do something to get a Super Fresh in the old ACME site" as if they should get on the phone and tell them about it. Void of say, the landlord, lease agreements with other tenants, etc. etc. People are silly creatures sometimes.
the REAL VOICE January 11, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Silly Creatures Indeed, got any more Names ?
. January 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM
Names, I've got more names. Space Cowboy, The Little Giant, Nacho Libre, and many call me the Gangster of Love. Also, Cowboy Bill, and Dr. Feel Mediocre. Some of these were stage names and some the media pinned on me. It was the early 90's--what can I say?

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