A longtime project in Newtown Borough has finished the first phase of completion.
The Steeple View project, as it has come to be know, is a multi-phase construction effort that includes dining, shopping, a parking garage and a piazza for events along State Street. The first phase of construction was commemorated Tuesday afternoon with the placing of a time capsule and cornerstone.
The time capsule includes a cell phone, the proclamation that the mayor read before placement and a copy of a newspaper. The time capsule will be opened in 2117.
“Without all of you community service members, this would not be possible,” said Mayor Charles “Corky” Swartz at the beginning of his remarks. In attendance were members of Newtown Borough Council and Steeple View developer Allan Smith. Throughout the proclamation, Schwartz gave a brief history of the project.
The project was approved by borough council in 2013, the ground was broken on the project in 2015 and the first phase of construction was dedicated on Tuesday. The second phase, which is estimated for completion in about five years, includes a parking garage, a piazza, some shopping and more residential units.
Phase one of the development includes the new Fine Wine and Good Spirits store, other businesses residential units and a restaurant.
When NewtownPANow.com tried to ask for comment about the project from Smith, the developer refused comment and asked a reporter from this news organization and the Bucks County Advance to leave the property while blocking photos from being taken.