LOWER MAKEFIELD (JUNE 19, 2019) >> A strip of land located between Stony Hill Road and I-295 in the township’s office-research zone is being eyed for development as a retail/residential village anchored by a Wegmans supermarket.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear details of the plan at tonight’s township meeting, which begins at 7:30 pm at the township building on Edgewood Road. The meeting is open to the public.

DeLuca Homes and Equus Capital will be asking the supervisors to weigh in on plans for Prickett Preserve at Edgewood, a mixed use development at 930 Stony Hill Road across from Shady Brook Farm featuring Wegmans as the anchor commercial tenant, smaller retail uses and upscale apartments.

The retail village would be built on what is now the CL Prickett Antiques property and an adjoining piece of open space on Stony Hill Road zoned for office research.

The Prickett family has operated a nationally-recognized antique business on part of the property for more than 50 years.

The site is located directly across from Shady Brook Farm on the east side of Stony Hill Road between the Lower Makefield Corporate Center (north campus) and the Stony Hill Road overpass.

The plan shows six retail pads and a Wegmans on the northern portion of the site with nine upscale apartment buildings and a clubhouse anchoring the southern side.

The plan also depicts the preservation of a historic house and barn on the Prickett property, which would serve as a backdrop to an outdoor stage, amphitheater and a fountain courtyard.

The retail village is the latest in a string of proposed developments brought forward by the developer for the site, including an already approved 180,000 square foot multi-story office building.

At the April zoning hearing board meeting, the developer essentially proclaimed the local office market dead and proposed instead building a 125,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center at the site.

That proposal, which would require a special exception from the zoning hearing board and did not include the Prickett property, brought opposition from nearby residents and local commuters who said adding 18-wheelers to the traffic mix, especially at rush hour and during special events at Shady Brook, would be dangerous.

The developer’s land use attorney, Ed Murphy, argued that the use would be substantially less intense than the previously approved 180,000 square foot office building.

Plans depicted a single story warehouse sited on the 14.855 acre site with 252 parking spaces and 45 bays located to the rear of the building and facing the interstate.

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