Acme De­mo­li­tion Party prom­ises to be a real ‘smash’

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Jeff Werner

NEW­TOWN TOWN­SHIP – The fi­nal mo­ments of the for­mer ACME store are tick­ing down to Satur­day when a wreck­ing ball is sched­uled to slam into the long time Sy­camore Street eye­sore.

De­mo­li­tion will get un­der way on Satur­day, Sept. 22 dur­ing a De­mo­li­tion Party or­ga­nized by Jim Wor­thing­ton, a part­ner in the Prom­e­nade project, a mixed use re­tail and lux­ury res­i­den­tial com­plex that will take the Acme’s place.

The party be­gins at 10 a.m. and the community’s in­vited to wit­ness the fi­nal mo­ments of the for­mer ACME store be­fore it dis­ap­pears from the land­scape for­ever.

“This is the town’s cel­e­bra­tion,” said Wor­thing­ton. “They are the ones who have been pa­tient. And it’s an honor to them that they have waited so long. We’re just happy we are able to do it,” said Wor­thing­ton.

Plas­tic hard hats will be given out to the first 300 peo­ple, free re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided by the Cor­ner Bak­ery Café, re­marks will be made by town­ship and busi­ness lead­ers, and, of course, a wreck­ing ball will cer­e­mo­ni­ously strike the first blow in the de­mo­li­tion process.

“vou don’t want to miss this,” said Wor­thing­ton. “I mean it’s not ev­ery day that you get to see a build­ing com­ing down.”

Wor­thing­ton said he ex­pects crews from DeNucci Ex­ca­vat­ing to take down about a third of the 25,000 square foot build­ing that day. The rest will come down on Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day of the fol­low­ing week.

“If we do noth­ing more than knock it down, clean up the site, make it look pre­sentable and nice I think it will be a big plus for the town­ship and the neigh­bor­ing busi­nesses on Sy­camore Street that have to look at that place ev­ery day,” said Wor­thing­ton.

Af­ter the build­ing comes down and the de­bris hauled away, Wor­thing­ton said the site will be graded and seeded. “I’m fig­ur­ing it will take a cou­ple weeks be­fore we clean up the site,” he said.

“Peo­ple are so ap­pre­cia­tive,” said Wor­thing­ton. “hnock­ing down that build­ing you would think you were some hero. Peo­ple are shak­ing my hand and say­ing thank you. It feels good,” he said.

In a way, it’s kind of funny, said Wor­thing­ton, who also op­er­ates the New­town Ath­letic Club. “The NAC is a $40 mil­lion fa­cil­ity. And for 100 grand I have more peo­ple thank­ing me. It’s crazy, but it’s all good.”

Wor­thing­ton said he hopes to of­fi­cially break ground for the Prom­e­nade at Sy­camore Street some­time next March or April with com­ple­tion sched­uled for around this time next year.

The Prom­e­nade will fea­ture two build­ings – a smaller, one story build­ing with re­tail on the first floor on the south end of the prop­erty next to the His­toric Pres­by­te­rian Church – and a three story struc­ture with re­tail on the street level and 26 lux­ury apart­ments on the sec­ond and third floors on the north end.

“There has been an un­be­liev­able de­mand on the apart­ments,” said Wor­thing­ton. “There’s noth­ing like it in New­town. These are high end apart­ments within walk­ing dis­tance of town - brand new with all the ameni­ties,” he said.

“And the re­tail is very sought af­ter right now,” added Wor­thing­ton. “We’re try­ing to get the best mix as we can,” he said. “We’re not sign­ing up the first per­son. We want to make sure it’s the higher end peo­ple who come in, that it’s some­thing unique. We have to make sure with the high end apart­ments up­stairs that we have the high end re­tail­ers down­stairs.”

Satur­day’s De­mo­li­tion Party is free and open to the pub­lic.

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