Royersford Council Hears Building Plans

Two projects, one residential and one business, were presented to council at Tuesday's meeting.

Tom Smith of Bercek and Smith Engineering spoke to Royersford Borough Council on behalf of two clients on Tuesday evening at the council's regular meeting. 

In both cases, Smith was looking for approval from council to proceed with planning the projects with his clients. 

Smith showed maps and discussed preliminary plans with council as a precursor to the land development process. 

Joining Smith were the Patel family, owners of several Dunkin' Donuts shops around the area.

The Patels are hoping to develop the empty lot near 780 Main Street, one of the corner lots where Lewis Road and Main Street meet, and build a new Dunkin' Donuts shop with a drive-through lane.

Smith advised council that PennDOT has approved the preliminary plans, subject to traffic studies.

The Patels told council they plan to keep the entrance on Main Street as far from the corner as possible.

"60% of the traffic is drive-through," said Smith. "People would come in off Main Street, go through the drive-through and exit onto Lewis. We would provide a bypass lane back on to Lewis Road."

Smith also attended to represent Matt and Susan Moran, who hope to build a residential home near 7th Avenue and Pine Street. 

The Morans came to the council meeting because the property they hope to purchase will need a driveway that connects with an existing three-way stop. 

The Morans' lot will be a flag-shaped lot with a driveway extending from the house to 7th Avenue.

Several council members asked why the driveway couldn't be located elsewhere.

"Our future neighbor doesn't want to sell any part of his property, [nor does he] want us cutting across the front of his property," Matt Moran said. "We'd have to put the driveway right in front of his house."

Council agreed to allow the Morans to continue with their plans. 

Both projects still have to go through the borough subdivision and land development process.

Mike August 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
SuzyJo Donuts would be right next door! Sure lets poopoo on another small local business with another franchise. Council say NO to the DD!!
susan August 16, 2012 at 05:20 PM
How about a recreation center for the young people in the community, with students, parents and volunteers supervising and overseeing the participants? Ping Pong, pool tablesfor and game tables including chess, checkers, cards (no gambling) and some areas for computer interactive games? Earn time by volunteering time? Much better than another place to eat all the wrong food!!
Polly August 19, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Thanks, but no thanks. I agree with Mike 100%.
Stephen Eickhoff August 20, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The Patels ARE small business people. The only real difference between them and the Davises is that the Patels own franchises, while the Davises run two Suzy Jos under their own system. This is a commercial lot, and apparently the only issue is a small reconfiguration of the driveway. I would recommend to the Patels that they not have much seating in order to encourage use of the drive-thru as planned-- because there won't be room for much parking. In a free market economy, you don't get to choose what businesses people open. Unless you determine that Dunkin Donuts poses some immediate threat to the community other than a slight increase in obesity or caffeine intake, make sure they stick to the plan and let them open. If anyone wants a community center, they can buy the property and obtain funding themselves. Everyone loves asking for these things, but no one wants to go through the hassle and hardship of starting a non-profit company. And they DEFINITELY aren't OK with increasing taxes to pay for a public one!
Dianna Ellis February 02, 2013 at 02:43 PM
One of the most attractive things about Royersford is it's small town appeal. That means small independently owned businesses. Bringing chain stores into the community.....changes that forever.


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