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    http://www.thereporteronline.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17269284&BRD=2275&PAG=461&dept_id=495527&rfi=6 10/01/2006 Decision expected on Lansdale development TONY
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2006


      Decision expected on Lansdale development
      TONY Di DOMIZIO , Staff Writer

      LANSDALE – Within 45 days‚ Jim Moulton‚ of Moulton Builders Inc.‚ will know if council approves of his conditional use request to develop 288 residential units as part of his proposed 55-and-over community on Hancock Street.

      The proposed development is called Andale Green‚ and would be constructed on 14.5 acres spanning seven parcels that together make up an obtuse triangle bordered by Hancock Street and the Stony Creek and R5 SEPTA railroad tracks.
      The existing buildings – Rogers Mechanical Engineering and various industrial warehouses at the Hancock Business Center‚ Guardian Fire Equipment Co.‚ Pardo’s Truck Service Parts Warehouse‚ and a home once owned by George and Linda Harrison – would be demolished.
      Moulton is developing the site under the name Andale Properties LLC.
      Carl Weiner‚ attorney for Andale Properties‚ said at a recent council meeting that Moulton applied for development under the retirement village overlay district.
      He said Moulton wishes to develop unused property on Hancock into 288 units housed in nine buildings.
      Weiner called the development “win/win‚” and said there is a positive fiscal impact to the borough and school district.
      Land planner John Kennedy said The PEAK Center would be housed in a new building where Guardian now stands‚ but the center would need to raise funds to build that structure.
      If The PEAK Center cannot raise enough funds‚ then the proposed building would be used for office space and a community center.
      Kennedy said there would be 32 units per building‚ and one level of parking with four dwelling levels above that.
      Each unit has an estimated area of between 1‚400 and 2‚000 square feet.
      The plan shows 288 parking spaces‚ or 32 spaces per building‚ and an additional 333 spaces separate from the buildings.
      Each unit has an estimated sale price of $275‚000‚ Kennedy said.
      There will be a boulevard entrance off Hancock‚ close to the crest of the hill in the road‚ and another entrance/exit where PEAK would be located‚ near the R5 SEPTA line.
      About an acre of green space would be preserved in the center of the community.
      A trail will also run parallel to the R5 tracks on the perimeter of the community‚ as well as a trail system within the community.
      Kennedy said the trail design is intended to tie in to the Stony Creek trail system across the street.

      John and Lucia Almeida

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