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“Mediplex Property Group Abington, LLC.” wants to develop 1863 & 1865
Guernsey Avenue, 1854 & 1856 Eckard Avenue and 1137, 1141,
1145 &1151 Old York Road, 19001 to make
approximately 20,000 square feet of medical office space in
a new, two-story building
will seek a special exception in order to operate a
Use F-2 Medical Office Building – that is by Special
Exception only in Main Street Low Density . They are
appealing the actions
of the Zoning Officer in his determination that the proposed
plan constitutes a redevelopment as per Section 1911 which
says SECTION 1911. REDEVELOPMENT: When an existing building or use, or
combination thereof, is nonconforming, and demolition of the
building or use is proposed for redevelopment, the existing
nonconforming conditions (including nonconforming impervious
coverage levels) may not be continued or transferred to the
new development proposal. In
the alternative, (ie if the Zoning Hearing Board isn’t going
for that deal-io )
a use variance from
Section 602, of the Use Matrix to allow parking within the
R-4 Residential District.
The properties are zoned Main Street Low and R-4
( Some I
understand might be in Ward 10)
Code Committee 7pm They
are attending this without first attending the Planning
Commission-- why . If that is their right under the
law, then how do we get our legislators to change the law -
so that we have the Planning results in time for the public
to vet them at the Code meeting. Assuming they will ask for
a hearing date and
request approval to advertize hearing be passed along to the
12-13-18 Board of
Commissioners - requesting approval
to advertize hearing ?
1137-51 Old York Rd. and 1154-56
Eckard Ave. and 1863-65 Guernsey Ave.
VIDEO ALL MEETINGS
Ask your commissioner
and manager for this and all related meetings to be
video-taped & aired for those who can't make it and to
place a single page for this issue
onto the Township website in a place easily found
THE NUTS AND BOLTS
The Zoning Board Hearing
was advertised on July 1st
papers again on July 8th.
The docs were not
posted until 7-2-17
not much time to understand and
prepare questions for a July 10 meeting with a
hearing just a week later the Zoning
Hearing Board on July 17 at 7:00 p.m.
of introduction from the Developer, Mediplex Property Group:
Here are the
site plans , an overhead view and a rendering
Here’s where, scrolling down , you will see them state
their reasoning for the special exceptions etc
think the project is appropriate for the area
and an improvement to what is there. )
Dimensional Requirements for Main Street Low Density
are on p 60 of 364 her ( numbered 50 on the page
The comprehensive Use Matrix is on p 357 of 364 (
numbered 347 on the page itself)
Medical office use is
by Special Exception in Main Street Low Intensity
sketch plan, aerial view, and preliminary rendering are here
Documents and meeting agendas , minutes &
videos can be found
6-28-18 Residents were notified
7-10-18 NEIGHBORS MEETING
7-17-18 ZONING HEARING BOARD
Yes - the applicants's
representative actually tried to convince that the
development that they were doing on one lot was
"undevelopment " ( because they were converting it to
parking.....) A boondoggle that the Zoning
Hearing Board should have called them out on. One Zoning
Commissioner did mention it . But only briefly. They
also threatened that if they were not given the zoning they
would sue because our zoning ordinance said 2
different things and if the ordinance does that
the courts have upheld in favor of applicants. But our
zoning ordinance is NOT unclear on that matter. It says that
whenever there are such discrepancies, which are bound to
happen, the more restrictive should apply. Our lefgal
team should have easily been able to defend this in
favor of the residents ---- if only there had been the will
to do so.
8-9-18 Commissioner Hecker
Officially steps down in Ward 10. Thes folks will be without
a Commissioner at this most crucial time . And a new
Commissioner always takes time to get up to speed and to
find their voice.
Commissioner Carswell is sworn in as new Ward 10
9-16-18 Zoning Hearing Board
Decision. Mediplex Zoning
was approved . The developer used the argument, among
others, that other properties had already been zoned
commercial in this residentially zoned section. So beware,
all, precedents DO matter. Now it is even more commercial
so the next developer will point that out. Shame on
Commissioner Sanchez for not encouraging his constituents to
see the importance of this step. They were instead
constantly told - "Land Development is where your issues get
addressed. " That wasn't actually true . There will be MORE
traffic because they were allowed to build more than they
had the rights to build .
10-23-18 Mediplex went
before the Planning Commission - but we have yet to learn of
anyone that was aware.
"A presentation by Mediplex
property group LLC for the properties located at 1863 and
1865 Guernsey Ave., 1854 and 1856 Eckard Ave., 1141, 1145
and 1151 Old York Rd. in Abington PA. The applicant
proposes a reverse subdivision for the purpose of merging
the 8 properties into one. In addition land
development approval is required for the construction of a
proposed two story medical office building totaling 20,000
ft.². The proposed development will have access drives
on both Guernsey and Eckard avenues. The applicant
proposes 100 on-site parking stalls, on-site stormwater
management, and 20 foot wide residential buffer. The
special exception was granted by the zoning hearing Board of
the Township for the medical office use (use F-2) and to
allow vehicle parking within a portion of the properties
owned within the R-4 residential district. The balance
of the property is zoned within the MainStreet village
center District of Ward 7 of the Township of Abington.
10-30 -18 The Mediplex
presented its "Economic Benefit " to the Economic
development Committee - I only know of one neighbor who was
notified of this - even though Commissioner Sanchez took a
whole list of attendees at the first neighbors meeting who
ask to be kept infomed.
As with the BET project, that
meant that the Planning Commission heard only one side of
the "economic impact" - before they voted to
approve. The value of homes AS RESIDENCES was
greatly impacted and the neighborhood became even more
commercial with this development - converting residences
into commercial property to enable them to build a larger
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