Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Developers have big plans for Norristown

by Oscar Gamble Times Herald
During a special council session at Norristown Municipal Hall, developers and consultants laid out the groundwork for their plans and projects for Norristown.

Director of Planning and Municipal Development Jayne Musonye introduced new Municipal Planner Geoffrey Grace of Grace Planning Associates. Grace told council members he is looking forward to bringing great new developments to Norristown and Musonye said Grace’s experience and development acumen allowed him to “hit the ground running.”

New Century Builders, who are planning a townhouse complex at 200 E. Logan Street, was the first to give a presentation.

The development will consist of 30 units — in five, six-unit sections— facing inward along three sides of the trapezoid-shaped lot. Each three-bedroom home will feature driveway and garage access and basements are included in preliminary plans.

An existing large tree will be preserved in the central courtyard.

To address concerns about traffic, the development team plans to allow access only from Arch Street.

New Century Co-owner Michael Marchese said the market-rate houses will be styled in a similar manner to other projects the company has done throughout Philadelphia and the city’s Manayunk section, although the actual design has not been settled on, — “contemporary, but without trying to bring the city to Norristown, necessarily.”

Site work on the project is slated for next year and the developers are hoping to get some of the units built by 2020. Examples of New Century Builders’ projects can be viewed on its website,
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