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Perkasie sees plans for new American House


Developers of the reinvented American House plan to tackle the former Shelly Lumberyard site.

ReAlliance real estate development of Doylestown offered a concept plan to Perkasie Borough Council at a regular business meeting Monday night. The plan proposes 55 units on the downtown property.

Partners Joseph Price and Peter Stampfl of reAlliance presented a concept tentatively called “8th Street Commons” to create 27 apartments and build 28 townhouses.

The apartments would be located within an existing two-story “barn” building, which would be renovated to accommodate the residential use. The 28 townhouses would be built on the property.

The site is bounded by 8th, Market, Arch and 9th streets.

The existing building, once renovated would house a 60/40 split between one and two-bedroom apartments, Price said.

No suggested monthly rental amounts were released at the meeting for the apartments.

While still in concept and development Price said selling prices for the townhouses would likely start at about $300,000.

Stampfl said building finishing materials would be in keeping with the existing look and feel of the downtown and could include siding, brick and stone facades.

Trees, grass and green areas would be planned to integrate the new development into the downtown and complement existing architecture and business revitalization efforts.

Borough Manager Andrea Coaxum reminded council members the development was in its earliest stages and would still need to pass muster through the borough’s land development process, as well review and recommendation by the zoning hearing board.

“You’ll have a lot of opportunities along the way,” to comment and consider this development, Coaxum said.

Borough Councilman Aaron Clark said the location change to a residential use could limit future expansion outward from the downtown’s growing hub.

“I think that’s a consideration for business,” Clark said.

The reAlliance developers were behind the recast American House, now upscale apartments with ground level retail space located at 7th and Market streets.

The intention was to capture the look and Victorian architectural aesthetic of the former building – long gone, while keeping the sentiment relevant for modern times.

Originally built during the 1880s by Lansdale Architect Milton Bean American House was one of the causalities of the Great Fire of 1988 that ravaged Perkasie and laid waste to nearly two blocks of the historic downtown reducing it to ash and debris.

The new American House offers 10 upscale apartment rentals in the downtown’s heart, with ground floor retail space.

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