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Pruss Hill Road Housing Moves Ahead

The dam at Pruss Hill and Schaffer Roads, as it appeared covered in ice last month.

The dam at Pruss Hill and Schaffer Roads, as it appeared covered in ice last month.

SANATOGA PA – Two proposals to build homes on both sides of Pruss Hill Road, near Schaffer Road and a dam of Sanatoga Creek, took an incremental step forward Monday night (Feb. 9, 2009) during the monthly meeting of the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township Planning Commission.

Sukonik Building Companies have proposed a housing subdivision on the north side of Pruss Hill Road, tentatively called “The Falls At Pruss Hill.” Gambone Development Co. intends to similarly build homes on the road’s south side. Both received planning board approval for what are known as “sewage facilities planning modules,” which township Assistant Manager Alyson Elliott described as a device Montgomery County (PA) uses to measure future water and sewer needs.

One homeowner in the area expressed concerns to commission members over whether he would be required to connect his property to public water and sewage systems that accompany both developments. Elliott said any such decision would be made by the township Sewer Authority, which coincidentally was scheduled to meet the same night. She suggested his questions be directed to authority members.

The developers’ proposals would account for several dozen future residences fronting Pruss Hill Road and extending along a portion of the creek. They were first introduced to the township during 2006 and 2007, at what then was still the height of a boom in home sales.

Township maps show a portion of acreage in the area designated as “future open space.” The Sukonik company has already turned over to township ownership a storage barn on the road’s north side; Elliott said it had received a new roof and was appropriately secured. In the future, she added, Sukonik also hopes to offer ownership of the dam to the township as well.

In Lower Pottsgrove, Sukonik currently is developing a 16-home subdivision on Keim Street, east of Brookside Country Club, called “Brookside Estates.” Gambone currently is developing “Southview,” with 35 homes on the west side of North Charlotte Street at Continental Drive.

Commission members met in the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. It was a brief gathering, only 20 minutes long, due to last-minute changes in the commission’s agenda.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Planning Commission meeting of Feb. 9, 2009):

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