SANATOGA PA – “Sanatoga Marketplace,” a long-discussed shopping center proposed to be built on vacant land at 3049 E. High St., may appear for final development approval on the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ agenda during its meeting tonight (Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014) at 7 p.m. in the municipal building.
If accepted, the center would offer more than 100,000 square feet of retail space and an accompanying area for a stand-alone 7,500-square-foot restaurant on property just west of the Turkey Hill convenience store. Entrances to it from both East High Street and Rupert Road have already been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Its owner and developer, Tornetta Realty Corp. of Plymouth Meeting PA, has told the township Planning Commission the center likely would attract national tenants, but none have been disclosed.
- Although township Manager Ed Wagner recently said he expected commissioners to act on Sanatoga Marketplace tonight, the board agenda was not available as of 6:45 this morning and so its appearance remains tentative and cannot be confirmed. If an agenda becomes publicly available before the meeting, it could be downloaded from the township website, here.
The project was initially scheduled for the board’s July 24 meeting, but was later canceled because the developer had not yet reviewed related paperwork, Wagner noted.
Sanatoga Marketplace was formally introduced to the township three years ago, but has been contemplated since 2008. It arrives in finished form for commissioners’ consideration at a time of busy prospective development at and surrounding the Sanatoga interchange of U.S. Route 422.
Lower Pottsgrove’s board in July (2014) created new zoning districts to accommodate the large commercial and residential Sanatoga Green project proposed for the interchange’s south side, west of Evergreen Road. In neighboring Limerick Township, east of Evergreen, revised plans for growth of the Gateway At Sanatoga commercial project reportedly are on the drawing board.
Zoning to allow Sanatoga Marketplace, called the Gateway-Interchange (G-IN) district, is already in place. Tornetta told township Planning Commissioners, during their April 21 meeting, it would need Zoning Hearing Board approval on a limited number of waivers; most deal with landscaping or parking issues. The planning commission unanimously approved the developer’s plans.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Aug. 21 meeting):
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