Ukrainian Catholic Church revisits age-restricted community proposal
The Ukrainian Catholic Church in Towamencin has reintroduced a plan to develop an age-restricted community on a 7.5-acre parcel it owns.
A 7-acre parcel near the Walton Farm development would remain undeveloped, according to Father Vasil Bunik.
Last month, church offiFLDOV DSSHDUHG DW D SubOLF meeting to ask the board of supervisors to reconsider the proposal and a required zoning change.
At the Feb. 20 meeting, the supervisors indicated that they would entertain a public hearing on the matter, according to Township Manager Rob Ford.
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The initial proposal was received favorably by the Montgomery County Planning Commission and the township’s planning commission, according to a Jan. 10 letter from Roman Pronczak, a member of the church’s land development committee, to the township.
Six years ago, the church presented a plan to construct 28 single-family attached homes — primarily for parishioners aged 55 and older — in a cluster to provide maximum buffers from the neighboring residential properties, according the letter from Pronczak.
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“We are hopeful that with the passage of time and in light of other development that has occurred in the area recently, this may be the appropriate time to ask for the proposal to be reconsidered,” the letter states.
3UHvLRuVOy, FKuUFK RIficials have asked the board to approve a zoning change of both parcels — currently designated R-175 — to INInstitutional or IN-A Institutional, according to the letter.
According to Bunick, an RIfiFLDO IURP WKH DUFKGLRFHVH instructed the church to research the project’s feasibility.
He said the church spent approximately $35,000 on engineering and design costs on the initial proposal, and it needed archdiocesan approval to accrue similar expenses the second time around.
The Ukrainian Catholic Church in Towamencin.