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Broad Street corridor project end in sight

Borough manager: “It feels real for the first time”


More than two decades ago, state and local officials began envisioning Doylestown’s North Broad Street corridor with a public park, a modern borough hall and a state-of-the-art home to a regional police department.
During a recent interview, John Davis, the borough’s manager, said that dream will bear fruit this fall. “The construction completion date is Aug. 23 and our targeted move-in is late September.” When finished, the complex project that is transforming a 1930s-era former PennDOT office building, will house a 16,800-square-foot borough hall and a 13,400-square-foot Central Bucks Regional Police Department.
“It’s designed with a capacity to grow,” said Davis, of the police department. “It will be a huge civic improvement.”
A much-anticipated, 3½-acre public park adjacent to the new administrative complex is also progressing, the manager said. With trails connecting to some of the neighboring communities, a “formal lawn,” similar to New York City’s Grant Park, is planned, as is a tot lot, in a second design phase.
Hardscaping, including sidewalks, both within the park and along the street, along with a “civic plaza,” benches and a flag pole should begin soon, Davis said. He didn’t rule out a small stage or amphitheater in the future. The summer months will see more landscaping and additional tree plantings. The park is expected to be “useable” by Oct. 19, he said.

“This will be a very unique park in our system,” said Davis, “a village green element that we’ve lacked.”
A traffic light and other improvements are also planned for the intersection of Atkinson and Broad streets, said Davis. Developers of the former Intelligencer newspaper property will foot that bill, he added. The site has been approved for approximately 200 apartments and some retail space.
Completion of the various components of the ambitious, approximately $10 million project, “all should tie together,” at about the same time, the borough manager said.
“It feels real for the first time,” said Davis.