Ukrainian Catholic Church re­vis­its age-re­stricted com­mu­nity pro­posal

North Penn Life - - News - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nalregis­ter. com

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.

7KH HOHFWHG RI­fiFLDOV IDLOHG to en­dorse the orig­i­nal ap­pliFDWLRn, fiOHG Ln 2007, DFFRUGing to Bu­nik.

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.

,W VWDWHV WKDW FKuUFK RI­fi­cials have ex­pressed a will­ing­ness to re­duce the num­ber of units to 24.

“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.

Photo by MARK C. PSORAS

The Ukrainian Catholic Church in Towa­mencin.

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