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Council Hears Proposals for New Developments

Norristown Municipal Council heard several proposals for new development projects at last night's meeting.

According to The Times Herald, Norristown Municipal Council heard a proposal for a new apartment complex planned for 900 Sandy Street at Tuesday night's meeting by Fort Washington-based Westrum Development Company

The proposal was for a 149-unit, four-story luxury apartment building with an underground parking garage and additional parking lot on a total of 3.5 acres right next to recently re-occupied 770 Sandy Street. Westrum reportedly bought the site from P.H. Sentry Associates for $115,000 back in July.

Council also heard a proposal from Norristown-based Barton Partners for a new townhome development at 1202 DeKalb Street. That plan involved 24 two-story homes, each with a one-car garage. The homes would reportedly sell for $155,000 each according to the Herald.

Council reportedly directed Norristown solicitor Sean Kilkenny to support the zoning variances needed by the developer at a zoning hearing next week. 

Read more about the proposed developments here and zoning issues for each here.

gerhard sweetman September 19, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Bill of rights ,no protection from Zoning powers that keep home costs up & avaibilty down. That caused the Housing Bubble by making people think that costs would inflate yearly because of restrictive zoning that keeps us safe from THEM.
Mary Ellen Digregorio September 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Apartment Jack City Council still in the Bubble of "if you build it they will come" Norristown needs more Homeowners not APT Building that sucks the life out of us...This is not a revnue relief solver....
RCG September 20, 2012 at 04:44 AM
I am puzzled. What does it mean "Council reportedly directed Norristown solicitor Sean Kilkenny to support the needed zoning variances needed by the developer at a zoning hearing next week?"
James Myers (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 01:33 PM
The developers need a few variances to move forward with the project so they must go before the zoning hearing board and get their variance requests approved. Council usually instructs the solicitor to attend those meetings on their behalf and either support or oppose the request. According to The Times Herald, the Barton Partners project needsa a use variance for the attached homes, a setback variance that would allow for 10-foot setbacks, a height variance to allow for three stories and a building coverage variance to allow for 55% building coverage.
Mohandus Frieri September 20, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Do the Barton Partners need a variance for the bimbos and sword swallowers that will frequent the development?

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