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Solebury planning commission approves parking plan for Riverside

BIRGITTA WOLFE

The developer of Riverside, a proposed 10-acre banquet facility and restaurant at the Route 202 spur approaching the toll bridge in Solebury Township, won parking area approval from the township planning commission Monday, July 10, on the condition it enlarge some of its spaces.

The applicant, Pantera Realty, LLC, has pursued its plans for the project with the township for the past two and a half years.
It plans to return to the planning commission with a revised parking plan, according to its attorney Marc Kaplin. From there, it will have to get approval from the Board of Supervisors.

The first phase of the project will be converting an existing barn on the property into a restaurant consisting of two levels, according to plans presented by Gilmore & Associates, Engineering and Consulting Services of New Britain.

The last phase will be construction of a 350-seat banquet facility. An existing residential structure will be used as a bridal suite or reception house.

The developer had originally wanted 9- by 18-foot parking spaces, while township regulations call for 10- by 20-foot spaces. The commissioners noted that some SUVs are longer than 18 feet. They voted to approve 9-by-18 spaces as long as some 10-by-20 spaces were included.

Kaplin said he thought that with the larger spaces a planned gazebo would have to be eliminated from the plans.

Planning Commission Chairman Chris Caputo asked if the developer would consider some kind of easement to conserve the two historical buildings on the property since the property is not in a Historic District.

Kaplin said much money was planned to be spent on the buildings and he was not aware of the easement process. Caputo said the commission would supply him with information on the process.

The planners postponed until Aug. 14 an application hearing for 2995 River Road, site for the former Elliot Realty building across from Dilly’s.

The applicant proposes the demolition and reconstruction of the existing building for use as a real estate office for 12 employees and a two-bedroom apartment.

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