Limerick development could link two major township roads

LIMERICK — A proposed new development containing townhouses or senior housing could finally link Lewis Road with Swamp Pike.

At a Limerick Township Board of Supervisors meeting on May 7, the plan for a 36-acre development in the roughly triangular area on the northwestern side of where Swamp and Ridge pikes meet was discussed.

Particularly interesting in the plan was the desire of the developer, Mark Quigley, to extend Lewis Road in a straight line through the development to join with Swamp Pike.

“Now is really the time that Mark needs to go ahead with the project,” said Bob Brant, Quigley’s representation at the meeting.

According to Quigley, running Lewis Road through to Swamp Pike would cost $1.5 million.

The piece of land which would be separated from the rest of the tract by Lewis Road was referred to as the “orphan parcel.” What would be done with that 5.55 acre area could be open for the township to propose an idea, according to Brant.

Desires to make that development a sort of town center were also discussed.

As the plan was presented at May 7’s meeting, roughly 22 acres of the property would be devoted to town homes with a 6.5 acre L-shaped property to the south near Ridge Pike reserved for the “town center.”

That town center might include restaurants and a bank.

As the plan currently stands, it would contain 7.7 units per acre, which is roughly the standard for such developments, Brant said.

Kenneth W. Sperring Jr. brought up the issue of having “tot lots” for the town homes for families who moved in with just two drivers and may have children who grow up to driving age.

Some of the common areas on the plan could be converted to those extra lots that could also be utilized for guest parking, Quigley said.

Quigley’s plan was brought forward to let the board know of his intentions, but he also brought it forward to make sure the supervisors would be OK with him possibly switching out the townhomes for senior apartment-style housing.

“If we did senior housing we would probably come back with three or four-story buildings,” Quigley explained.

Brant said he “suspect(s)” the senior market might be looking for apartments, supervisors’ Vice Chairwoman Elaine DeWan, who champions many causes for the township’s seniors in meeting, said she believes the market is more balanced between apartments and houses.

The plan was met with general approval from the board and Quigley will now work with township staff moving forward.

“This plan looks pretty well,” put together, Sperring said.

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