Bot­tom Dol­lar expected to open next year

The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin

Don’t ex­pect to buy a tur­key for Thanks­giv­ing at the new Bot­tom Dol­lar Food gro­cery store in Ambler this year, as con­struc­tion isn’t HxSHFWHG WR fiNLVK uNWLO NHxW yHDU.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the gro­cery store chain had orig­i­nally told Ambler Bor­ough Coun­cil in 0DUFK WKHLU LNWHNWLRN wDV WR fiN- ish con­struc­tion by Novem­ber at the for­mer Knopf Mo­tors prop­erty at 219 E. But­ler Ave. in or­der to be open in time for Thanks­giv­ing. Now Bot­tom Dol­lar rep­re­sen­ta­tives have said those plans have EHHN VKHOvHG GuH WR fiNDO GHWDLOV that still need to be put in or­der.

“While we have not an­nounced DN RI­fiFLDO RSHNLNJ GDWH, wH HxSHFW to open the Ambler store in 2013. We look for­ward to bring­ing a low-cost gro­cery op­tion to the sur­round­ing community,” said Ten­isha Waldo, Bot­tom Dol­lar Food spokes­woman. “We are cur­rently work­ing through some re­quire­ments we com­mit­ted to when we re­ceived our mu­nic­i­pal ap­provals that in­volve ad­ja­cent prop­erty own­ers. Once we have com­pleted this work, we will de­ter­mine next VWHSV, LNFOuGLNJ fiNDOLzLNJ RuU con­struc­tion sched­ule. We re­main very com­mit­ted to open­ing a Bot­tom Dol­lar Food store in the Ambler community.

Joshua Peter­sohn, pres­i­dent of More­land De­vel­op­ment, the com­pany be­hind the con­struc­tion, said they are “ty­ing up loose ends,” “dot­ting i’s and cross­ing t’s” and VDLG WKHy wHUH “FORVH WR fiNLVKLNJ land de­vel­op­ment dates.”

He said they were “to­tally com­mit­ted” and were “ex­cited and push­ing” to be­gin FRnVWruFWLRn EuW nHHGHG WR finDlL]H VRPH GH­tails be­hind the scenes be­fore it could be­gin.

Peter­sohn said this is the typ­i­cal process for this type of con­struc­tion but was “a good thing.”

Chris­ten Pionzio, lawyer for Bot­tom Dol­lar, said they were in the “cleanup part” of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“Ninety per­cent of work is done in the last 10 per­cent,” she said.

Pionzio said they’ve worked out a deal with Ambler Bev­er­age next door to share a drive­way, and agree­ments have been made with the bor­ough. Most of the work is “doc­u­ment cleanup,” she said.

She said the process seems slow be­cause many of the peo­ple in­volved are on va­ca­tion, and many doc­u­ments have to be passed back and forth, but she said they are “pedal to the metal” to get started.

In or­der to meet the orig­i­nal Novem­ber dead­line, Bot­tom Dol­lar re­quested Ambler Bor­ough Coun­cil ap­prove both the pre­lim­i­nary and fi­nal land de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als to­gether. The store also asked for a waiver from a re­quired traf­fic study since the bor­ough had just com­pleted one at the site.

Bor­ough Man­ager Mary Aversa said she was not sur­prised to hear the news and said “this is just the norm” and “some­times it takes longer than an­tic­i­pated … things take time.” She said there are a lot of build­ing re­quire­ments to con­tend with from knock­ing the old build­ing down to putting up a brand new one.

It’s been more than three years since $PElHr KDV KDG D grRFHry VWRrH. ,n -Dnuary 2009, the for­mer Ambler Acme, lo­cated at 272 E. But­ler Ave., now home to the CVS, closed its doors.

Pho­tos for the Gazette by PHIL HEIL

A group of afi­ciona­dos look over a race mod­i­fied early RT-350 Yamaha at the sec­ond an­nual Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Daze Aug. 4 at Wentz Run Park.

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