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Fourth revised master plan presented to Milford supervisors

MELINDA RIZZO

Public improvements at a massive project bounded by Route 663 – and what will trigger them – continue to vex both Milford Township officials and developers.

Milford Village, the largest mixed-use project ever proposed in Milford Township, continues to require adjustments to its master plan as property lines shift and building phases begin to jell.

A public hearing was held at a regular business meeting July 3 for the fourth revised master plan of the more than 216-acre site.

The latest proposal has developers selling off about 8.57 acres from one section to another, shifting the land to St. Luke’s University Health Network for the construction of the new St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital. No plans were provided for the use of the additional property nor was a reason given for the hospital’s desire to expand its portion of the property.

No representatives for St. Luke’s attended the meeting.

“The 38.57 acres would be as if St. Luke’s had purchased it originally,” said Del Markward, founder of Caracor LLC, a real estate development and investment firm in Allentown.

Caracor is co-developer with LifeQuest of Milford Village.

Improvements along the frontage would be triggered by construction of two out of four of the parcels in the development. Markward said escrowing all the public improvements at one time would be “fiscally impossible.”

Milford Village is a proposed mixed-use campus with housing, retail and professional office space and services. It includes the expansion of LifeQuest Nursing Center.

Supervisors will vote on the lot line change at their Aug. 6 meeting. There was no comment at the public hearing from any adjacent property owners.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Mansfield did not attend the meeting.

Route 663 is the main arterial highway east-west between Quakertown and Montgomery County. It includes the Quakertown toll plaza exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension.

A groundbreaking event was held in October for the The Village at LifeQuest, which is Phase I of the project.

In May, a groundbreaking for the new St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital, an estimated $100 million project, was held at the corner of Portzer Road and Route 663.

“We want to do this right, just as you want to do this right,” Markward said.




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