Perkasie okays preliminary airport development plan
A preliminary plan for two warehouses, a brew pub and a medical office building on the Pennridge Airport property has been unanimously approved by Perkasie Borough Council.
Borough council granted approval for four buildlings, the first of many before shovels hit the ground, to Pennridge Development Enterprises Inc., at a regular business meeting Monday night.
Speaking on behalf of the developer, Attorney Robert Gundlach Jr., of Fox Rothschild in Warrington, said a national marketing firm would be hired to attract businesses to the property.
One of the proposed warehouses would be built “on spec,” which means without guarantee of a tenant before construction begins.
All of the buildings constructed would be owned by Pennridge Development Enterprises and would operate under leases, Gundlach said.
Stormwater management systems would be built for the portion of the development in East Rockhill Township.
The township’s solicitor, Patrick M. Armstrong of Grim Biehn and Thatcher in Perkasie, attended the meeting Monday night.
“East Rockhill is concerned about stormwater and traffic,” Armstrong said. He requested ongoing dialog with the borough about the property for best outcomes there.
Borough Council President Jim Ryder said Perkasie Borough would work with East Rockhill over the project.
Gundlach said parking would be driven by the property’s phased construction and tenant uses.
“We have additional lands to construct more parking. The design will be in compliance with borough code, and we are taking it building by building,” Gundlach said. He emphasized parking would be proportionate to the building uses and number of employees.
The project will also require waivers from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection, Gundlach said.
Stephen M. Barth of Barth Consulting Group said economic revitalization efforts continue to be robust, and he praised the airport property progress. He said new businesses would be locating to Perkasie soon.
Barth said the Pennridge Airport business development was an anchor and could attract other high end business development in the community.
Barth said a 58 percent growth in median incomes and 3 percent growth in median house values was a win-win for Perkasie.
New manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies along with high end businesses all added to an increase in jobs and interest in Perkasie as a destination and employment center.
“The important thing about developing the airport ensures that companies don’t come here, outgrow the borough and then leave,” Barth said.
Tthe Perkasie Farmers’ Market , Barth said, also provided great exposure for downtown businesses on a weekly basis. “You have 1,000 people (coming through the market) in front of your business.”
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