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Preliminary Plans for State Street Project Approved

The plans include a three-story building at South State and Penn streets that would feature a wine and spirits store on the ground level with residential units above.

The Newtown Borough Planning Commission on Monday gave preliminary approval to plans for a mixed-use building on South State Street that will be home to a renovated state wine and spirits store.

Developer Allan Smith, who owns the current state store property on Centre Avenue, is seeking to relocate the store to a building on South State Street.

The proposal includes a three-story building that would be constructed adjacent to the Sedia house at South State and Penn streets. The proposal would feature the state store on the ground level and residential units above.

Since a zoning variance is needed for the project, the plans will go before the Zoning Hearing Board later this month. That meeting will be held Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Newtown Sewer Authority Building, 15 S. Congress Street.

The proposal will also go before Newtown Borough Council for review. A date for that review has not yet been scheduled.

According to officials, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which leases the space from Smith, is pushing to update its stores so they are larger and more customer-friendly.  

Smith said a lease has been signed for the new State Store and has been submitted to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Man Landers January 09, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Let's get this one done as soon as possible. I'm sick of navigating that death trap of a parking lot to pick up a bottle of wine.
Harry January 10, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Excited to see what could be the beginnings of an economic boost to the borough and the area, not to mention one kick ass liquor store
the REAL VOICE January 11, 2013 at 04:31 AM
No need 4 this if U don't drink !
Shawn January 13, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Alan has done a nice job at maintaining the aesthetics of Newtown while modernizing at the same time !
steven p January 14, 2013 at 01:28 AM
I agree Shawn

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