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What's New in Towamencin Township

Various developments taking place along Sumneytown Pike

This week and once each month I’ll be writing with updates on the commercial development in Towamencin Township, specifically near the Pennsylvania Turnpike Lansdale Interchange.

Demolition, lane changes, new road signs, and construction vehicles are at every turn in the vicinity of Sumneytown Pike and Towamencin Avenue.  It’s hard not to notice the changes going on there.  Have you often wondered what is being planned for land surrounding this intersection and Forty Foot and Bustard Roads?

I spoke with Joe Leis, Towamencin Township’s Director of Community Development earlier today to find out the plans.  In a nutshell, there’s more going on than meets the eye. 

In Phase 1 along Towamencin Avenue, known as Town Square One, an apartment building consisting of 240 apartments is being built by Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation.  These apartments will be called the Residences at Town Square.  Additionally, a Courtyard by Marriot, which will be a full service hotel, is being built facing Towamencin Avenue.  Also in the plans on the Marriot building site is a stand-alone restaurant of about 3000 square feet.  However, this small scale restaurant will not be built until a year after the hotel opens. 

In Phase 2, also known as Town Square II, a two-story culinary arts school will be built at the proposed intersection of Washington Street and Forty Foot Rd.  Washington Street is a proposed new street to be located next to the current Univest Bank parking lot.  Another hotel is being proposed for the land located at Franklin Street and Bustard Road, adjacent to the existing Holiday Inn hotel.  This will be a smaller hotel, not a full-service one like the Marriot or Holiday Inn. 

There are road changes ahead too.  With the plans in place for the PA Turnpike expansion along the northeast extension, a northbound only exit will be created.  So if you are traveling northbound on the turnpike approaching the Lansdale exit, you will be able to exit without crossing over Sumneytown Pike, with E-Z pass only device, onto a lane that will blend into a right turn onto Sumneytown Pike. The new exit ramp will be along side the Exxon Station this is currently on site.  Another new link in the roadways will be access from Old Forty Foot Road onto a southbound entrance to the PA turnpike. 

I don’t know how you feel about all the development and improvement, but I’m excited to see fresh buildings and better traffic patterns.  As a long-time resident of Towamencin, I think the road improvements will have the greatest initial positive impact, followed by attracting new businesses to the area.

Every Wednesday at noon, the Scott Loper Team of Re/Max Realty Group in Harleysville offers some sage advice to potential and current homeowners in our area.  The Scott Loper Team includes Scott Loper, Lisa Loper and Gina Wherry, Re/Max Realty Group, 439 Main Street, Harleysville, PA 19438, 215-256-1200.

rita card December 22, 2011 at 03:00 PM
As Towamencin residents we have had MANY discussions on why our officials have approved having a bldg. built 8 feet off the road - who in their right mind would want to stay in a room with constant traffic flying right by your window? How about asking residents what we would like to see on the property sites, send out a questionnaire? There is a definite lack of family eateries, maybe something entirely different a bowling alley or movie theatre for whole family entertainment. A Chick Fil-A, McDonalds, Red Robin, Long John Silver, Friendly's, Dunkin Donuts or super Wawa would attrack travellers right off the tpke. Look for what the community needs are not just filling in space for rent.
Gina Wherry December 22, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Hi Rita, I agree with the lack of family restaurants, etc. in Towamencin. Personally, I like independently owned eating establishments versus the franchised ones, but "to each his own". The township now has a facebook page. If you "like" the page, you can send comments to the administrator, I believe. I think the more the decision makers hear feedback the better.
Fred Kowit July 02, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I would like to know if apartments in the new building will be for sale, and what would be the price range?
potential renter January 05, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Does anyone know more information on the apartment complex or how the management company will be?
Robin Kratz January 17, 2013 at 09:47 PM
I also am interested in what the price range will be for the apts. Also how soon will Marriott be hiring?

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