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Work Continues on Scaled-Down Northgate Development
Written by Jennifer Butler Kirkwood, Correspondent

Improvements at Route 663 and Geryville Pike intersection to start April 2

Representatives from TH Properties met with Upper Hanover supervisors during their work session Monday night to provide an update on progress at the Northgate subdivision. On Tuesday, Supervisors optimistically passed the update along to residents that the Harleysville homebuilder is moving out of bankruptcy and resuming construction on a smaller scale.
        Supervisor Chair Richard Fain explained that construction of Phase 4A , the next phase in development, will resume, albeit less than originally planned. This change will result in more open space and walking trails while the subdivision will begin moving toward completion.
        “They are moving forward,” Fain said. “It’s moving at a snail’s pass but its moving in the right direction.”
        Fain went on to add that enhancements to the intersection at Geryville Pike and Route 663 will begin April 2nd and include new signaling and left-hand turn lanes. In addition, 25 mph speed limit signs will be placed along Ott Road and an overflow parking lot within the development will be paved. As more homes are sold, the highly anticipated tot lot will be installed and driveways which have had grading issues will be repaired.
        “They’re putting their best foot forward in very difficult economic times,” Fain said. “We are all wishing them the best.”
        Supervisor Steven Rothenberger added to the good news by announcing that “WaWa is back in the game.”
       After the meeting, Fain explained that talks have resumed between WaWa and THP for possible future inclusion in the commercially-zoned section of the development. Fain added that the long-term plan has always been to add a commercial component and, along with a ‘super’ WaWa with gas pumps, additional retail entities may ultimately come into the area once Northgate nears completion. Fain cautioned, however, that nothing is definitive at this point regarding the retail component.
        “Overall, we’re feeling good about their plans,” Fain concluded. “It’s been important to us and important to the homeowners.”
        In parks and recreation business, Supervisor Eugene Fried reported that vandals damaged the ground in portions of Macoby Run Park, which will be repaired by the townships’ road crew. Fried also offered a follow-up to the board’s discussion about grant funds to install composting restrooms at Camelot Park. Fried explained that the parks and recreation committee is generally in favor of the project but will conduct more research to answer the board’s questions presented last month.
        Fried also announced that the service project proposals submitted by Girl Scouts Shanna and Sherri Law have been accepted by the council to begin later this spring and will include a wildflower garden with botanical signage and a system of bat houses.





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