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Foxcroft Square Apartments - Greenwood Ave

As proposed in Jan 2020
104 Units on 3.65 Acres

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The original story began in 1994  with Parking variances.

Then an application was presented in  2002 for  2  hi-rise apartment buildings - 78 units total
In Sept 2021 they expect to break ground on 104 units
The residents voices were completely excluded from the process  via court filings and settlements

  An application by the  Foxcroft Square Apartments Associates, LP  for two luxury apartment buildings with a total of 78 units located on Greenwood Avenue  near Washington Lane, along the access road for the shopping center with the Acme and Foxcroft Pavillion, was put before the the Board in  2002 .   

   Each building was 5 stories high, and would have an underground parking garage.  Unlike the previous proposals for this particular site, this application, everyone was told by Zoning officer Mark Penecale, was conforming  and  did not require any Zoning Hearing Board relief. That apparently was not hte case. It led to a flurry of lawsuits  ( from taxpayer pockets)  and a settlement that gave the developers even more units ultimately than they sought originally, despite it having no requirement to meet the zoning code. Funny how all that works isn't it ?   
     In addition,  the sidewalks and stormwater remediations the developer would have had to make, were conveniently undertaken by the Township  ( again from taxpayer, not developer pockets)  just before the final approvals for the project to begin, even though that would have been the responsibility of the developer.

9-12-02  Foxcroft presented a request to build twin apartment buildings in PB zoned area .
8-27-02   It went  to the Planning Commission 8-27-02
9-3-02  it was reviewed and approved by the Code Enforcement and Land Development Committee .
9-12-02 the Full Board of Commissioners approved it


 2003    Jenkintown Borough and then a group of Jenkintown residents,  appealed the approval of this application to the Court of Common Pleas. 
The  Borough lawsuit claimed, among other things,  zoning officer Mark Penecale had erred when he said it conformed and did not need to go to the Zoning Hearing Board . The Jenkintown Borough appeal  was  denied by the Court of Common Pleas 

 http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Commonwealth/out/1844cd03_8-6-04.pdf
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 ......   as was the appeal by the residents 4 https://caselaw.findlaw.com/pa-commonwealth-court/1306546.html   
after which
an appeal  was applied  for by the Borough in Commonwealth Court. 

      The Court denied the appeals and and ordered the issue back to the Zoning Hearing Board to issue a “Permitted Use" Zoning Certificate


       Then, Jenkintown Borough & its residents appealed the issuance of the Permitted Use Certificate.  That appeal hearing was held March 17, 2005 before the Abington Township Zoning Hearing Board .......  ( and/or another appeal went to Common Pleas Court, who can keep up at this point - but you get the idea. )

          In October of 2009, Abington Township, Jenkintown, and Development Unit Acquisition, LP (successor interest to Foxcroft Square Apartment Associates, L.P.) entered into a settlement agreement whereby the landowner is entitled to land development approval with administrative review only so long as it is "substantially in conformance"  with the plan as set forth in the Exhibit to the settlement agreement. That plan proposed 76 units in two four-story buildings. The plan for 76 units complied with the H-1 Unit Classification under the  zoning code at that time.
      Since the 2009 Settlement Agreement called for administrative review only of the land development plan, despite its failure to comply with the Abington Zoning Ordinance or the  Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO),  so long as it "substantially" conforms to the plan attached to the 2009 Agreement, the public will be denied  their proper input in the matter. All was decided in court.......... But we are lost as to how the change was made to 104 units from 76 units by 2018 or 2020  ....... That seems like a substantial change from the 76 units  so some significant part of this timeline must be off.

 

2018
 Drawings of the current 2018  Plan were presented to the Jenkintown Borough Council in October of 2018



                                             
2009 images
  



THE 2020 PROPOSAL 

  The Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan  proposed at the Planning Commission January 28, 2020  consisted of  one building with 104 units.The height of the proposed building is lower than that in the original plan, and the building layout will cover less square footage than the previous plan.  Of note, a 76-unit apartment project complied with the zoning ordinance applicable at the time of the settlement agreement in 2009, but would not meet the current zoning ordinance.

    But........ not only will there be  no further public review, but we have been unable to find any cogent process or explanation on the website that documents this whole muddled history --- despite 15 years of asking for a "single page  per project"  so that we, the public, can access that information and do our proper due diligence overseeing those we elect, in order to determine if they should be re-elected.

 

2021 
   SIGN VARIANCE REQUESTED 
   At the Zoning Hearing Board on July 20, 2021, Galman  applied for a variance to put many signs on the Business District  properties,  including "streetscape banners"  around the proposed future Foxcroft building, and presumably to include it  in the monument signs that were requested.  For the Foxcroft Business District  as a whole ( which includes the Applebees/Acme area - the Pavillion & Bridge properties, the Plaza, etc.) they proposed a total  42  (yes- FOURTY-TWO ) "streetscape banners"  - the kind of banners that hang from lamp poles throughout town and generally are used as "destination markers"  that might say, for instance,  "Roslyn Valley".  These Banners, however contain different messages and would encourage the drivers to "read" rather than pay attention to their driving... and appear to allow various types of "advertising" that would be a detriment to safety rather than helpful in "way- finding" or building identification.  The issue was cancelled in July ( with no reason or notice given to the public on the website) but it will be back in September.

   By the way, there is no hardship that would warrant an expansion to the garrish signs that were proposed in this application before the Zoning Hearing Board.

   You're Welcome said the taxpayers ( OK. Not really )  But  all the exorbitant costs of the  Abington- Jenkintown Connections street / sidewalk/ stormwater/sewer work, theoretically to fix long time stormwater problems had a GREAT deal to do with alleviating the responsibilities of the landowner  who would otherwise have to have made the appropriate  accommodations for his new impervious surface, which would have caused MORE flooding.  Can’t have wealthy developers paying for the problems they create (even though  the law requires them to ) . And so you see how the 1% came to own 49% of the wealth in America...  ( chapter 3 in the "How Millionaires Become Billionaires or Trillionaires" manual).   We should at least inquire whether their specific  sewer extensions  for the upcoming connections were all  wrapped up in the Abington-Jenkintown Connections costs.  I mean… who would know ? And that would be the right time to do them, wouldn’t it – before any sidewalks were poured – (you know, the sidewalk HE/THEY would have had to provide on HIS /THEIR  parcel when they developed it ……. but that we just neatly arranged to do  for them out of the goodness of our Manager and Commissioners' hearts).  Heck- how nice can you get. Of course, that might have been  just the money we needed to finish removing weeds and to replant the Boyscout preserve and to care for our other parks.....   oh well. 

 



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