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Mount Penn approves construction of 50 town houses

Mount Penn Borough Council on Tuesday unanimously approved plans for constructing 50 town houses on a 4.3-acre plot between 20th and 21st streets.

Plans were previously approved by the planning commission on Dec. 20.

Approval was granted on the condition that a row of arborvitae be added as additional screening along 20th Street.

The project developer is Ryan Homes, a subsidiary of NVR Inc., Reston, Va., which has developed homes in 14 states and 33 metropolitan areas, including other locations in Berks County.

Plans for developing the lot had been on the books since 2004, but the plans in their current form were introduced earlier in 2021, said borough engineer Christopher Falencki.

In a Facebook post earlier this week, Councilman-elect Joseph Cunliffe said finishing the project stands to benefit the borough and its residents.

Cunliffe said those benefits include an increase to the borough’s tax base and additional tax income for the borough via real estate transfer taxes from town house sales, as well as a projected increase in property value for the immediate area.

“I look forward to continuing the relationship with this developer, and building others,” Cunliffe said in the post.

Falencki said the exact timeline for building the town houses is unclear, but that developers were looking to start construction as soon as plan approval documents are signed and recorded.

Source: Berkshire mont

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