Upper Dublin residents still opposed to Promenade development Published: Sunday, August 28, 2016


Why would anyone pay $2,000 monthly for an apartment in a congested area with traffic problems such as the flawed concept of having everything except a dance hall on the above property? My township wants to attract young workers and regenerate the office park. So they’re proposing 3 to 4-story apartments, lots of shopping, 2 great restaurants, parking, a yoga pavilion, walking trails and a bike trail to the center of a little town a mile away. They want to do this on 25 acres of open space. They’ve thought of everything to jam over 690 people, plus diners/shoppers into this area on a narrow country road. Too bad — hope it doesn’t go through. In the meantime, the admin contracted with USDA APHIS to kill any and all deer that may wander in from adjacent townships. Awful!  But before that, the bow hunters from in and around the township will be doing their killing of unaware deer starting mid – September to January’s end 2017.

“UPPER DUBLIN >> The proposed mixed-use development on 25 acres bounded by Dreshertown, Welsh and Dryden roads was before the township planning commission Aug. 16 for further discussion of traffic improvements and suggested zoning changes.

BET Investments’ Promenade at Upper Dublin calls for 433 apartments, 130,000 square feet of retail space and 513 parking spaces. The apartments, occupied by an estimated 690 residents and anticipated to lease at $2,000/month, would be above a mix of shops.

Two, 24,000-square-foot retail stores — REI has signed on for one — and two 4,000-square-foot restaurants are proposed — one a Redstone Grill, with the rest small retail establishments. A 2.7-acre park with nearby coffee shop is also envisioned.

Michael Markman, president of BET, pointing to “green” features, said he views the development as “forward looking. It’s something we want to be the best project in the system,” he said. “I think it will be a model project.”

Residents of the nearby Dawesfield and Dublin Hunt communities expressed a different view. Traffic on Dreshertown Road, cut-thru traffic and property values were among concerns voiced by several of the approximately 30 who attended the meeting.

John Kennedy of Kennedy & Associates, the land planner for the Promenade, described changes to a proposed amendment to the Office Center District zoning ordinance, which would be required as the parcel is currently approved for office….”



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