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Newtown Township grants approvals


The Newtown Township supervisors held three public hearings July 12. They included the approval of a dental office, an addition to a residence at Country Bend as well as a liquor license transfer granted to Iron Hill Brewery.

With an opening expected sometime next spring, Iron Hill plans to operate a 7,500-square-foot facility, its first in Bucks County, at 2920 South Eagle Road.

Long before that, Dr. Neil Mandalia plans to open a 2018 square foot orthodontic office at 2853A South Eagle Road.

“I want to change what it feels like when you walk into a dental office,” said Mandalia, who hails from Newtown. “I invite everyone to stop by and check it out.

“I started out studying architecture so I’m using this as a way of being very creative and to make it a very enjoyable experience for the patient.”

Additionally, Council Rock teachers Matthew and Cheryl Schram received a PRD variance to go forth with construction of an addition to their home at 310 Wexley Drive. The new portion of the house will serve as an in-law suite.

In other zoning matters, the Newtown Planning Commission recommended approving relief for a six-foot fence at a property along Beech Street in Newtown Crossing.

The commission also recommended granting an exception to a 112 Winding Lane homeowner who is planning construction of a 12-by-16-foot shade structure to be situated next to a swimming pool.

Another homeowner at 2 Hillside Road needs an exception to build a one-story addition that would contain a 550-square-foot family room. That resident also seeks relief in order to add a 326-square-foot patio and a 122-square-foot-walkway.

At 7 Amy Circle (Eagle Glenn), the homeowner there needed the commission to sign off on the construction of a 770-square-foot swimming pool. The commission recommended approval of the pool and the three other matters that came before it at its June 18 meeting.

Meanwhile, the board voted unanimously to authorize a $965,800 DCED Multi-modal Transportation Fund Grant application. If approved by the state, the grant would fund extension of a recreational trail along Lower Dolington Road.

The board also voted unanimously to sign a 2019-20 Winter Service Agreement with PennDOT. The state agency has agreed to pay the township approximately $19,500 for winter road treatments and plowing of any state highways within Newtown. According to Lewis, that’s $3,500 more than last year.