Soccer Complex Plans Again Win Limerick Zoning Approval

LIMERICK PA – Grass Sports Property LP, a Bala Cynwyd PA limited partnership that hopes to build an indoor and outdoor complex devoted primarily to soccer on 17.2 acres of undeveloped land at 190 Airport Rd., has for a second time received approvals for project-related zoning variances from the Limerick Township Zoning Hearing Board.

The project will include three outdoor and two indoor soccer fields, the latter within a 57,800 square foot building. The property is located in an office and limited industrial zoning district, and its owners sought relief from outdoor lighting, direct vehicular access, off-street parking, and two separate right-of-way limitations.

Board members granted similar relief during a hearing in 2012, Solicitor Charles D. Garner Jr. explained as he re-introduced the variance requests during their most recent meeting. But, as Grass Sports representatives later added, by the time its principals assembled financing and resolved other issues they were notified by the township’s engineer, Pennoni Associates Inc., that the variance approvals had expired.

Additionally, changes on surrounding properties since 2012 required minor adjustments to project plans, the engineering firm also reported. Because the township decided not to vacate a right-of-way for Possum Hollow Road, on which the project depended, Grass Sports needed to redesign parking and field locations. Otherwise, the company’s engineer testified, the plans remained “nearly identical” to those proposed and accepted eight years ago.

The redesign also eliminated the need for one variance requested earlier.

The zoning board seemed satisfied with what it saw and heard, and in less than 15 minutes of private deliberation during the May 27 (2020; Wednesday) meeting returned to again approve requested variances for the project. The principals said they were preparing to move ahead with construction.

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