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Sanatoga’s Hallman Wins Pennsburg OK For Housing

SANATOGA PA – Hallman Retirement Neighborhoods, the East High Street developer of residential communities for persons age 55 and older, said its proposal to build 50 residences around a 5-acre lake in Pennsburg PA received final approval last Tuesday (Nov. 20, 2012) from the Pennsburg Borough Council. Construction was expected to begin before month’s end.

Hallman's Still Waters Community Wins Pennsburg Approval

Shown in warmer weather, a bridge across a portion of the lake at Still Waters Community in Pennsburg that leads to a picnic area

“We are really excited about this project,” said Gary Gearhart, the company’s chief operating officer. “This is a beautiful location and community that cannot be replicated.”

The project, to be marketed as Still Waters Community, is intended as an exclusive independent living and residential care neighborhood on 15 acres located 14 miles north of Sanatoga at 800 Montgomery Ave., Pennsburg. Its initial land development plan was accepted by the borough council in February 2011.

At that time the plan called for 50 units in the development’s first phase, of which 42 were apartment homes and the remaining eight would be town homes.

The apartments, like those yet to be built by Hallman at the comparable Buchert Ridge Community on Buchert Road in Lower Pottsgrove Township, were expected to be certified by the U.S Green Building Council as meeting some level of its “Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)” rating system, as well as federal Energy Department “Energy Star” requirements.

The Pennsburg project also was to include a community center with its own library, entertainment areas, a catering kitchen, and offices. Access to Pennsburg mass transit is offered nearby, but unlike that at Buchert Ridge it would not have a stop on the Still Waters grounds.

The company did not explain how, if at all, plans under the final approval differed from the original design.

An exclusive Hallman marketing program called “Distinctive Realty by Design” will assist Still Waters buyer clients in maintaining, staging, selling, and settling into their new homes.

Hallman Retirement Neighborhoods was founded in 1988 by Sanatoga resident J. Wilmer “Wil” Hallman. In addition to its continuing development at Buchert Ridge, the company still manages the now completed Sanatoga Ridge Community residential project on East High Street, Sanatoga. It also is working on approvals for a residential development at the former Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School in Norristown PA.

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