Plans for a six-story apartment building on the corner of Third and Walnut streets in Lansdale have received another approval, over objections from neighbors who would live, perhaps literally, in its shadows.
A team of consultants made the case to borough council Wednesday night for conditional use approval, an action Borough Solicitor Sean Kilkenny said may have been more expensive for the borough to deny than to allow, writes Dan Sokil for The Reporter.
“Council can only turn down this application by proving that there were concerns, legitimate concerns documented by evidence, related to the public health, welfare and safety,” he said.
“After going through the Planning Commission, and talking to staff, it was not apparent that there were public health, welfare and safety issues, and the applicant has met their burden legally,” Kilkenny said.
The project up for discussion has been dubbed “Walnut Crossing” and has been discussed at various borough boards and commissions since late 2015, when developer Ross Ziegler first made the case for a building containing roughly 160 apartment units that they say would be one of the greenest in Montgomery County.
Lansdale’s borough council’s next business meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the borough municipal building, 1 Vine St. For more information or meeting agendas and materials visit www.Lansdale.org or follow @LansdalePA on Twitter.
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