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Steeple View Development Granted Conditional Use For Shared Parking

Newtown Borough Council approved a conditional use application for the Steeple View development.

The completed first phase of Steeple View.
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At a special meeting on Wednesday, Newtown Borough Council greenlit a conditional use application that will push forward the next phase of the Steeple View development.

The council’s decision, made in a 5-1 vote with Council Member Bob Szwajkos opposing, permits the developer to fulfill its parking requirements via a shared parking agreement between the Steeple View project and the adjacent Stocking Works office complex, according to Newtown Patch.

The council put 16 conditions in place with the approval, including completing a parking study, improve sidewalks and crosswalks, and mark the reserved parking spots at Stocking Works, the news organization reported.

The Stocking Works facility in May 2023.
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The parking issue had become contentious and a failure to obtain conditional use could have derailed the second phase of developer Allan Smith’s plan.

Smith will next bring the land development proposal before council at a future meeting.

The first phase of the Steeple View development on South State Street is finished.

The project’s second phase will feature a three-story building with retail on the ground floor and 12 units above. Initially, developers intended this building solely for retail.

Another building will include ground-floor retail and 14 residential units on the two floors above.

The latest iteration of the Steeple View plan.

A third building is planned with a ground-floor restaurant and 14 residential units on the upper floors.

Four additional buildings, each with 12 residences, are planned for construction. Previously, these were set to have 16 units each, but recent plans have changed that.

Smith also plans to add a plaza, green space, and a bridge over Newtown Creek. However, the bridge might see delays due to its estimated cost of $300,000 to $400,000.

Steeple View aims to revitalize the old Stockburger dealership.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for 12 years for both newspaper and online publications. Tom’s reporting has appeared locally, nationally, and internationally across several mediums. He is proud to report on news in the county where he lives and to have created a reliable publication that the community deserves.