You may have a new view across Walnut Street at its intersection with Cowpath Road in Hatfield Township in the near future.
After a public hearing Wednesday night, commissioners gave the unanimous OK to a zoning change creating a new transit-oriented development on two parcels totaling about seven acres at Cowpath and Lenhart roads.
The change potentially paves the way for development of 22 twins, 40 townhomes and a new traffic light at the intersection, estimated to cost about $250,000 out of the property owners' pockets. The TOD will expand upon the existing Fortuna SEPTA train station on Cowpath Road.
The parcels are owned by the Moscariello brothers: One is a 3.4-acre vacant parcel at the intersection of Lenhart and Cowpath roads, and another is a 4-acre site at 111 Cowpath Road, where a white Old Colonial home at present stands across from Walnut Street. Both parcels are owned by the brothers under Fortuna Station Associates LP, per Montgomery County records.
Among other parcels owned by the Moscariellos: the nearby Giuseppe's Pizza, the Montella's Crossing strip malls at Walnut Street and Cowpath Road (as 101 Cowpath Road Associates) and at 1000 Walnut Street (as Montellas Walnut Street Associates LP) in Hatfield Township, and Montella's Sports Bar in Lansdale Borough.
WB Homes Director of Acquisition Chris Canavan and attorney Joe Kuhls showed plans proposing 22 twins and 40 townhomes on the parcels. With the zoning change approved, the Moscariellos, Canavan and Kuhls can now begin conditional use applications and the land development process.
The potential land development abuts four residential homes on Wynne Way, and one home each on Lenhart Road and Beaven Way.