Tuesday, October 7, 2014
By Carl Rotenberg
NORRISTOWN – Construction on the 24-unit, Arbor Mews townhouse project at 1202 DeKalb St. started in late August with site clearing, grading and the installation of underground utilities.
Installation of the sanitary sewer lines and the stormwater retention system began in September, said developer Sarah Peck, the president of Progressive Housing Ventures LLC. Underground drainage pipes and stormwater grates to handle rainwater runoff are also in the process of being installed on the site.
Construction of the concrete footings for the first building near DeKalb Street will begin in mid-October. Driveway curbing on Basin Street at two driveway openings will be installed in mid-November.
Sediment erosion fences were installed at the beginning of the construction process. A 5-foot metal fence around the property was installed in late September after Norristown officials requested it, Peck said.
“We were asked by the municipality to provide some security for the construction site,” she said.
Construction started about one year behind schedule after the Norristown Zoning Hearing Board granted the necessary variances for the project. Norristown Council approved site plans and a provision that $30,000 from the municipality’s 2013 Community Development Block Grant can be used for first-time home buyers assistance.
Municipal Administrator Crandall Jones said Montgomery County officials had required Norristown to provide some financial support for the residential construction, and using the 2013 funding satisfied the county requirement.
The three three-story townhouse buildings will be bounded by DeKalb, Wood, Green and East Basin streets. The plans call for 30 garage parking spaces and nine overflow surface parking spaces with a 26-foot wide, one-way internal driveway.
“I had hoped to start last fall,” Peck said. “We closed on the purchase and the financing in mid July.”
Residents of the neighborhood around the new development opposed its design and overall size during the approval process and are continuing to criticize the construction, complaining that the project will make parking on the street more difficult.
“We will start the building this month, to be completed in February,” Peck said. “People will be able to move in sometime in March 2015. We haven’t started sales yet.”
Peck said a sales office trailer would be on site by the end of October. Information on the project is at www.arbormews.com, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and by telephone at 610-401-6200.
Two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath and one-car garage units will sell in the low $140,000s. Three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath units with garage will sell in the low $160,000s.
“I’m entirely excited to start building this project,” Peck said. “We have a big waiting list of 35 prospective customers.”
Contact Carl Rotenberg at 267-907-6137 (c) and 484-679-8476.
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