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Demolition of Abandoned Homes Begins

A string of abandoned and boarded-up houses at Durham and Eagle roads is being demolished in the coming weeks to make way for an assisted living complex.

Demolition has begun on a string of abandoned and boarded-up houses at Durham and Eagle roads. The property will soon be home to an assisted living complex.

Last month, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors approved development and financial security agreements for The Birches, a 87,000-square-foot, 120-bed assisted living complex.

The facility will be located on about 8.6 acres across from the Corner Bakery Cafe.

Cleanup and demolition will likely take about three months to complete. 

Construction will begin once the cleanup and demolition is finished.

Kathleen Reidy January 02, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Just what Newtown needs more construction, more traffic congestation and less nature. Might as well move to downtown Philadelphia because that is what Newtown is becoming.
Jim January 02, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Way to go Gino!
Jim January 02, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I am not sure I understand Kathleen's comment above. Getting rid of an eyesore, providing vital services for senior citizens while expanding the tax base...it's a great trade off!
Kathleen Reidy January 02, 2013 at 05:39 PM
There are plenty of empty store fronts and buildings that already exist in Newtown. I grew up in Blue Bell when it was cow country and now it is so over built, you can't breathe and the small roads that are similiar to the ones in Newtown can't handle all the traffic. Getting around is a nightmare. People moved here to get away from congestion and traffic. This was supposed to be a small quaint town not a major city.
Coco's Mom January 02, 2013 at 06:46 PM
This is so awesome. What a great way to start the new year. Thank you to all those who got this going. 2012 was an amazing year, getting rid of all the abandoned houses and the old Acme that were all abandoned since I was a senior at North (10 years ago!!). Newtown is such a great place to live and I am glad to see the senior living facility coming to our neighborhood.
R U guessing ? January 02, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Go ahead, then We won't have to listen to your bellaching !
R U guessing ? January 02, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Blue Bell, Newtown ? U will never make it in a large city, Lady !
Mar January 03, 2013 at 04:37 PM
These houses (like the old Acme) weren't actually "abandoned," were they? Weren't they bought by a developer years ago, but just never developed?
Kathleen Reidy January 04, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Next we are getting a trailer park in good old Newtown! Like I said traffic is going to be a nightmare! I hope you like this 2013! You will be crying when your taxes go up to pay for new schools since almost every available piece of land is going to be built on and when it takes you 15 minutes to a half hour to get somewhere that used to take five munutes. Seen the same thing happen in Blue Bell where I grew up.
R U guessing ? January 04, 2013 at 11:53 AM
@ Kathy R, The old age home will not bring more children, Things never stay the same, Push for better roads. The traffic is not that bad considering U R only 15 miles from a major city !
R U guessing ? January 04, 2013 at 11:56 AM
@ johnMc genious, the original concept was a shopping center, wich got shot down over 10 years ago, glad to C something going on that parcel, that is not homes or shopping !
Renee January 15, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Just visited Blue Bell yesterday, there are an enormous amount of new homes just built within the last year there and it is beautiful. It's not like they are building more stores in Newtown to draw more traffic, they are providing a living space for elderly people. However lets hope that it is tasteful and does consist of more than two stories and look like we are in another industrial park. It would have been better had they rebuilt the existing number of homes and planted more trees though. I'm just glad its not a McDonald or another restaurant or boutique.
Renee January 15, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Dosen't consist I meant
Renee January 15, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I think the existence of the bypass was to eliminate traffic going through town and have people go around it. I don't think many have caught on to the concept yet. Map out a better route to get to where you are going and you should be fine.

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