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1368 Valley Road
Nearly clear cut - but where are the permits?
This once beautiful property
at 1368 Valley Rd was completely let go -
a feature that must be owned by the Code Enforcement Dept under this
Manager, Richard Manfredi. The Code Dept, despite many, many calls
over the years,
has simply failed to enforce our codes for this "special
It comprises 4.34 acres
right along Valley Rd and up Paul Brook Lane, backing up into
properties on Cox Rd. and with a view from Stockton Rd. It was deeded
originally by Alice Herkness with a covenant
that held that no more than 2 properties should ever be built there.
The property appears to be
perhaps 2/3 or so
and has a creek that runs through part of it. Because of
the floodplain, the amount and type of building on the lot is quite limited
and carries very specific guidelines. As such, it is unclear if ANY other properties
should be built there at all. The original house was demolished and
the bricks and block were used to fill the basement hole.... so in
essence it already has a building there --- with a light coat of soil
Actions like this put homes near them in danger of flooding
..... The property
is now nearly clear cut. Our trees are so important- especially in our
Floodplain areas. Paul Brook Rd and Meadowbrook Rd already flood
in strong storms. This is a travesty. Multiple citations have
been issued by DEP who was out 10-6-23 . But the trees - even if
replaced -- will take decades or longer to absorb anything near what
they did before. Yes some trees were old and diseased - but many were
equivalent to 5 or 10 new young saplings
the property was acquired
by Yoni Nadav (aka Jonathan Nadav) and an attempt was made to subdivide it into 3
separate lots. Given the deed covenant, no more than 2 should
have been considered, but nonetheless a Planning Commission meeting
was scheduled ( and held ??? unknown ... ) During that period,
however, Nadav removed 62 trees. He was ordered to restore
them before any development could take
place. The effort at subdivision failed - and the property
subsequently went into foreclosure, with the trees still missing.
( as Mermelstein
David IRA/CUST Pensco Trust Co, LLC) bought it
for $95K at
He appealed the assessment and achieved a $93,800 assessment -(
indicative of perhaps, a $250K or so market value. He then sold
it in 2023 for $600K - a tidy profit of $00 to $500 K
It was then
purchased June 9th, 2023 by Chase Rubin
who, apparently with Mermelstein, has begun flaunting our zoning and
code laws. He has already, as of this writing received the
aforementioned DEP citations , and has irreversibly and illegally
removed virtually all of the vegetation in a flood plain. Chase
is no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law. He was caught defrauding
people ( as many as 70,000) in a credit card scheme
with his brother and father's involvement not long ago -
and scheduled to do 32 months in prison in 2018...... It is
unclear if all the victims have been reimbursed as he was required to
do, but if they were, one would want to know where someone under 40
got the millions needed to do that.
We'll be looking into that further.
Montgomery County property records show Chase Rubin as both Grantee and Grantor
of the property.
proceeded to cut down over 40 additional trees,
nearly clear-cutting the entire
acreage, reportedly having no fear of Township reprisals.
There has been no development plan submitted and no request to remove
trees in a Floodplain. The only permit was for a "Seepage
Pit " that came with no designs, specifications or
approvals that we have found.
DEP has now put a cease and desist
order on the site
( yet there was activity there after that ) We hope the Township will
do whatever they can to get vegetation restored for all those impacted
and for the overall health of Abington ...... and impose sharp
penalties for those operating outside of our laws. Very
concerning is the fact that the Township , including Comr Tom Hecker ,
seems to have turned their heads while this all went on, despite many
calls for Abington residents - telling them at times that there was
nothing that could be done and at other times that they just found out
about it . If you were one of hte ones that called, please call me at
215-885-7130 to tell me what you were told. And see below if you can help.
We need your help with our
(illegally) disappearing greenspace.
Again, actions like this put
homes near them in danger of flooding ..... Our trees are so
important- especially in our Floodplain areas. Please help us research information on
this property. Please contact your Commissioner and ask who is
monitoring the precious greenspace in Abington Township and who is
requiring that developers obey our laws, codes and policies when they
operate in Abington Township.
if you can help
FLOODPLAIN perhaps as much as
2/3 of the property is within the Floodplain and has very
specific building limitations
THE PROPERTY WAS DEEDED WITH A COVENANT THAT LIMITED IT TO 2
how did it get all the way to Planning with a
request for 3 ?
From the Township - clean fill required
What actually happened -- not very "pervious"
2023 - AUGUST - permit request already shows they know
what is going to be built- while Township employees includin Code
Director McAneney- say they don't know.
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