Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Affordable Housing Abandoned for Senior Housing

Photo by Evan Brandt
Developer Richard Mingey explains his proposal for property at the intersection of Route 100 and West Moyer Road in Upper Pottsgrove Tuesday night.

Well the Upper Pottsgrove Township Commissioners took their time finishing the township's business Tuesday night.

In a meeting re-scheduled due to the fact that municipal offices were closed for President's Day, the meeting stretched into and past the three-hour mark.

Perhaps most significant among the items under discussion was developer Richard Mingey's plans for 10 acres west of Route 100 along Route 100.

About this time last year, Mingey had proposed an affordable housing apartment complex.

Since then, he has re-considered and came before the commissioners Tuesday night proposing an "age-targeted" housing development of about 98 units, along with a small commercial component for the same property.

While "age-restricted" usually limits occupants to 55 and up, "age targeted" zeros in on the same age group, but does not require it.

To get the project done, Mingey would need the township to consider a zoning change, which only Township Commissioner Herb Miller opposed, given that the property is the headwaters of Sprogel's Run.

There is also progress on the township's plans to build a new highway garage.

You can read all about it in the Tweets below.

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