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Fill Piles At Sanatoga Exit

5-1-1 may help you get home faster on Route 422 next summer.

Ahead: Sanatoga's gateway, and more potential development.

SANATOGA PA – Trucks will roll in coming weeks across the 13.9-acre vacant parcel just west of the Turkey Hill convenience store in the 3000 block of East High Street. They’ll unload fill there, too, but – officially, at least – nothing’s being built yet on the lot.

A representative of Bursich Associates, the township’s engineer, told the township Board of Commissioners last week (Dec. 2, 2008) that property owners planned to stockpile loads of clean dirt and other fill materials there in anticipation of grading and other improvements next spring.

A large number of trees were harvested from the property earlier this year, but most of their stumps were left in place. The result, neighbors complained, left the land looking somewhat like a moonscape. Board President Bruce Foltz asked if the stumps would come out when the fill went in; no, he was told. As of Sunday (Dec. 7, 2008), however, a 10-foot high stack of stumps and branches, and a smaller pile of concrete slabs and pieces, were seen on the property.

The property lies within the area that is considered Sanatoga’s “gateway,” the entrance to the village and township from U.S. Route 422. A 2007 community revitalization plan envisioned the area as one that welcomes people to the township and “begins to give the community a sense of place.”

The property is being marketed by Tornetta Realty Corp. of Norristown, and is listed for sale at an undisclosed price with the potential for office use. However, discussions with township officials within the past year regarding the property’s development have included proposals for a shopping center and a hotel.

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