New Shopping Center in Upper Providence Gets Green Light

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Upper Providence Township supervisors have unanimously approved preliminary development plans for a shopping-center project, although with waivers, conditions, and unresolved issues, writes Leslie Lighton-Humphreys for The Times Herald.

The Shoppes project has been put forward by Hartford Properties. The new four-building, retail-shopping complex will span 73,000 square feet on a 10.33-acre parcel of land at Ridge Pike, located northeast of Township Line Road.

Preliminary plans for the two-lot subdivision, which received planning commission approval last month, were first presented by attorney Joseph Brion at the July 18 supervisors’ meeting.

Brion also brought up eight proposed waivers from the township’s subdivision land codes which ranged from smaller issues, such as text formatting changes on the plans, to different types of storm water pipe.

The newly presented plans included changes requested by the adjacent Berkshire Lane neighbors, like the species and heights of buffer trees. The question of the disputed rear property line was also raised.

“I want to know, it’s to everyone’s benefit to know where the property line is,” said developer Robert Hill.

With the preliminary plan approved, Hartford can now proceed with initial preparations for the project.

Read more about the planned shopping center in The Times Herald by clicking here.

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