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Council Gives Final Approval for Development at Former Knoell Property

At its June 2017 meeting, Borough Council approved a land development plan submitted by County Builders for the former Knoell property (at the intersection of Butler Ave and Shady Retreat Road).

The project will entail 117 apartments (a mixture of one and two bedroom) and commercial space (tenants to be determined).  The developer will be bringing public water to the area, a traffic signal to the intersection, and streetscape improvements as part of the project.

This plan was approved after various versions were reviewed at more than a dozen public meetings, including the Steering Committee, Planning Commission and Borough Council.  Please click the link below to view the Council Meeting where final approval was discussed:

June 2017 Meeting Recording

According to the developer at the public meeting, construction will either begin Summer 2017 or Spring 2018, and should take 18-24 months to complete.

Below are renderings provided by the developer for the project.

New Britain Borough Council Approves Up to $1 Million for Roadway Investments

At its May Council Meeting, New Britain Borough Council approved borrowing up to $1 million for the purpose of roadway improvements based on a plan developed by the Borough’s Financial Advisory Committee.  The specific repairs to be implemented are to be determined, but will improve local roadways throughout the Borough.  It will be paid using existing revenues dedicated to roadway maintenance and will save costs in the long term.

The borough is currently collecting research (such as core samples) and working on a roadway study to determine the specific repairs.  Work is expected to begin in late summer 2017 and be completed in the summer of 2018.  State roads, such as Butler Ave and Tamenend Ave, will not be included.

This borrowing will allow the Borough to do all the work at once, and pay off the loan using these funds before new major repairs are necessary.  In the interim, the borough will do regular maintenance work on the roadways to keep the roads in top shape and save on future repair costs.

The borrowing is a ten year loan from the First National Bank of Newtown, with a fixed interest rate of 2.1% for the first seven years, with a variable rate based on 75% of the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate (capped at 4.75%).  Borough Council selected this vendor after a competitive bidding process facilitated by a consultant (Public Financial Management) to ensure the best possible interest rate and loan terms.

As more information is known, the Borough will share it on its website, social media, and the ReadyBucks notification system (click here to sign up).

4th of July Parade Seeks Participants

4th of July Parade 

The 2017 parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m. It will start at the Town Center on Butler Avenue and end at North Branch Park, 207 Park Avenue.

The Tri-Municipal July 4th Parade is hosted by New Britain Township, New Britain Borough and Chalfont Borough.

Be part of the fun!

Floats from neighborhoods, organizations and businesses are welcome. Floats will be judged for Most Patriotic, Most Original and Most Humorous.  Also needed are marching bands, Scout Troops, dancers, etc.  Prizes are awarded and complimentary refreshments are provided to participants.

The parade will also feature antique cars and fire trucks.  You’re encouraged to decorate your bikes and baby strollers in a patriotic theme.

Local businesses are encouraged to get involved with this family-oriented community event.  Please consider becoming a sponsor. Please call the New Britain Township office for more information (215-822-1391).

Website and Newsletter Win Statewide Awards

The Borough website earned first place and the Borough newsletter third place in the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Communication Contest.

These are repeat awards for both, with the website earning first place in 2016, and the newsletter second place in 2015.

Our thanks to the staff and volunteers who create and maintain the website and newsletter.  Their work helps keep the cost of both low for the taxpayers, while providing high quality information for residents.

If you have a suggestion to further improve either, please let Borough staff know.

Past copies of the Borough Newsletter can be found at:

Newsletter Archive

Demolition at Former Knoell Site

Demolition has begun at the former Knoell property.  Members of Council and the Borough Manager were on hand to witness the first action in implementation of the recently approved Main St Plan (which can be found at the link below).  From left to right: Council President Peter LaMontage, Jeff Gilmore, Council President Robyne Kelemen, Mayor David Holewinski, Mary Pat Holewinski, Lori Kesilman, Borough Manager Sam Bryant

Draft Main Street Study

Snow Emergency

New Britain Borough Has Declared a Snow Emergency for the Ongoing Winter Storm. The Predictions are 6” – 12” of Accumulation by Thursday Night.

Residents Must Keep All Vehicles off the Roadways to allow for snow plowing and emergency management teams to do their jobs. Please DO NOT DRIVE unless absolutely necessary! If you choose to drive, Please be aware that there is Expected to be Very Dangerous Driving Conditions, including possible White Out Conditions & High Winds. SAFETY FIRST! Please consider your safety as well as the safety of others before you decide to drive.

New Britain Borough Working to Form Shade Tree Commission

New Britain Borough is investigating the formation of a Shade Tree Commission, and is putting out a public call for volunteers.

The expected goals of the group will be to advise Council on matters related to shade trees and plantings in the Borough rights of way as well as to review the vegetation proposed in land development plans.

If you are interested, please contact the Borough Office by calling 215-348-4586 or email secretary@newbritainboro.com.

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