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From - May 23, 2023

According to a conditional use application submitted to Newtown Township, The Capital Grille is looking to locate a 236-table restaurant inside an 8,000 [actually 8,500] square foot space formerly occupied by Pier One Imports on the east side of Eagle Road.

In addition to seeking conditional use approval, The Capital Grille will be asking the township to approve a liquor license transfer from a business in Warrington to the township.

The liquor license transfer and ongoing parking concerns at the center are expected to be key sticking points during the upcoming conditional use hearing expected to be held in June before the board of supervisors.


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A resident said: “John, as much as I love The Capital Grille, I personally feel we have reached a saturation point as far as restaurants go in that area."

Another resident noted that after Pier 1 shut down, many businesses encouraged workers to park in the lot adjacent to the proposed Capital Grille site. This was to mitigate the parking challenges closer to home as it were.

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From - May 18, 2023

On May 18, 2023, workers were seen on Lower Dolington Road installing underground rain water drain pipes and basins as part of the rainwater management system associated with the trail. This work was halted back in March 2022 dues to underground cables that had to be relocated. .

This video shows the section of the project beginning at Frost Lane (Roberts Ridge Park) and ending at Everett Drive
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The work stopped in March 22, 2023, due to conflicts with underground utility cables that had to be moved.

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From - May 25, 2023

Applebee’s is the latest township restaurant to secure permission from the township to create a permanent patio for outdoor dining.

On Wednesday night (May 24, 2023), the board of supervisors voted unanimously to approve plans by the eatery to build an 800 square foot patio extension at the West Road eatery.

“This proposes no increase to the building’s square footage, to its off street parking count nor to the existing seat count,” design engineer Chris Lang told the supervisors.*

John Mack's Insights:

*The total square footage of building + patio = 6,292. It is not clear if patios should be counted in the calculation of required parking spaces. In this case, there is no increase in the number of seats, therefore the parking requirement remains the same.

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From - May 24, 2023
Meet Mack Monday report, Lower Dolington Rd Trail Update, NAC Maintenance Security Deposit Release, DeLuca Construction - 70 Twining Bridge Road, Wawa settlement?, KRE Substantive Challenge,  more...

Agenda items include:
  • Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions
  •  Reports of Officials
  • Solicitor’s Report
  • See My Detailed Meeting Notes for more details, including NAC Maintenance Security Deposit Release, KRE Substantive Challenge, etc.
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From May 19, 2023

On May 15, 2023, Wisler Pearlstine, LLP, attorneys representing Kushner Real Estate (aka KRE Upper Macungie Associates, LP), submitted a “Substantive Validity Challenge with Curative Amendment” to #NewtownPA Township.

The developer seeks to amend the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance to allow a 245-unit multi-story apartment complex to be built on Lower Silver Lake Road, a few hundred feet south of the proposed Wawa (see image above). This type of development is not currently permitted in the OR (Office/Research) zone, where it is proposed.

Learn more about what other plans are in the works for this parcel of land ...

From - May 22, 2022
This Zoom meeting focused on the following topics:
  • Deluca Construction Project/70 Twining Bridge Rd - why the BOS opposes this project.
  • Zoning “Validity Challenges" - seems like Lower Silver Lake Rd is in developers' cross hairs!
  • Capital Grille Restaurant and Parking - is there no end to restaurants in the shopping center?
  • Speed Limit Enforcement on Newtown-Yardley Rd - is the Police Dept doing a good job?
  • More...

Next Board of Supervisors Meeting

Wednesday, 14 June 2023, 7:00 pm

100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940 * Also live via Cable TV: Channel 22 (Comcast), Channel 40 (Verizon)  as well as Live streaming via Youtube.

Possible agenda items:

  • The  6 June 2023 revised Settlement Agreement with Provco/Wawa (DEFINITE)
  • Capital Grille Liquor License Application,
  • Greystone (552 Washington Crossing Rd) seeking expansion of the existing restaurant with 2 additions totaling 3,335 square feet

The OFFICIAL agenda will be available on Monday, 12 June 2023. For more information please view the Board of Supervisors page.