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Large-Scale Townhouse Development Proposed in Douglass (MontCo)
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent

            A Willow Grove developer wants to build a large townhouse development along Jackson Road in Douglass Township (MontCo) near Zern's Market. 

            The Danny Jake Corporation has submitted a proposal to construct 250 units on a 28.5 acre parcel, known as the Zern Tract, between Second and Third avenues on the western side of Jackson Road, according to township Manager Pete Hyriak.  A phone message left for Wayne Rosen, a principal with the Danny Jake Corporation, was not returned.

            A preliminary plan was submitted to the township's planning agency in April, according to meeting minutes posted on the municipality's website.  The agency's June 12 meeting minutes describe the proposal as a work in progress.

            The proposal is in the "sketch plan" phase of the project, according to Hyriak. He wrote in an email that issues of zoning setback, interior roadway, building layout and parking are being addressed.

            A Route 100 corridor master plan overlay – approved in 2010 by the township's board of supervisors – allows construction of the townhouse community with certain conditions, according to Hyriak.

            He stated that the most important condition is the developer's contribution to the construction of Market Street, also known as the Route 73 bypass.  Market Street currently intersects with East Philadelphia Ave. and dead ends between Weis Markets and Merkel's Shoes.

            At the Aug. 18 board of supervisors public meeting, the developer requested a 90-day extension for a traffic study.

Hyriak said during the meeting that the study would include the intersection of Jackson Road and East Philadelphia Ave.

            In the same email, the manager explained that the traffic study would help determine what improvements would be required for Jackson Road by the impact of the proposed townhomes.  Proximate intersections would also be reviewed, according to Hyriak.

            He also stated that the studies would help determine the extent of the developer's contribution to the completion of Market Street, such as actual construction of the road, cash donation to the road or dedication of land for the road or right-of-ways.

            Eleanor F. Steiner and G. Dolores Levengood own the property in the 100 block of Jackson Road, according to Montgomery County property records.  Steiner and Levengood purchased the property from Clarence Zern for $1 on April 3, 2006, according to information posted on the county website.





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