Supervisors Pass, for Now, on Plans to Expand Limerick Plaza

LIMERICK PA – Frustrated by what they claimed were too many requests for waivers in the first part of a proposed expansion of the Limerick Plaza shopping center, 70 Buckwalter Rd., a majority of Limerick’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (July 21, 2020) opposed drawing up documents that could lead to the project’s approval.

The developers’ attorney, Robert Brant, said he nonetheless “appreciated” supervisors’ consideration and would urge his client “to try and eliminate” some of the objections for a future meeting. Voting against the presentation were supervisors Patrick Moroney, Michael McCloskey, and chair Thomas Neafcy; Vice-Chair Kara Shuler and Kenneth Sperring favored it.

The total proposal as envisioned would add a 3,300-square-foot Freddie’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers restaurant, a MaGerk’s Pub and Grill restaurant, and an as-yet-unidentified grocery store as an extension of Limerick Plaza under plans first introduced in 2004, Brant said. It would be built on mostly vacant land fronted by Royersford Road and U.S. Route 422 that includes a township pumping station.

The proposal was reviewed by the township Planning Commission during its June 25 meeting, according to its agenda.

But, as Limerick engineering representative Khaled Hassan of Pennoni explained, developers initially are seeking approval only for the Freddie’s site and its accompanying improvements, not the entire project. As a result, both township planners and supervisors would likely have several opportunities to review and suggest possible changes to future components, he said.

That didn’t assuage a large and socially distanced audience of area residents (at top) who worried about potential traffic back-ups, continuing problems with the intersection at Buckwalter and Township Line roads, and increased commercial development suggested for neighboring properties, including a Restaurant Depot supply store and a car dealership.

“I can’t imagine what the traffic coming off of 422 for this will be like,” said a woman who described herself as a 33-year township resident. “It’s becoming a huge concern,” she added.

McCloskey and Moroney said they were troubled by the total of 15 waivers being sought for items like planting islands, street trees, and buffers. McCloskey also rejected Brant’s contention that the developer was “reducing the impact” on the property by scaling the total expansion down to 33,000 square feet overall from a zoning district-allowable 60,000 square feet.

“I understand the zoning is the zoning” McCloskey said, “but at the end of the day there are people who live here, and we’re going to have to field a lot of questions and concerns.”

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