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Development Plan Approved For Beneficial Bank To Take Over Old Corn Stand Site

The Marple Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved, with condition, the development plan for the new Beneficial Bank branch at a commissioners meeting on Sept. 10.

BROOMALL–The Board of Commissioners on Monday night voted 6-0, with one abstention, to approve the preliminary final land development and reverse subdivision plan for Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank to build a new branch on the former corn stand spot at 2021-2023 Sproul Road.

Board President Michael Molinaro said he had to abstain from voting because of his business dealings with Beneficial Bank.

The land development plan calls for a 2,500-square-foot bank with three drive-through lanes and a bypass lane on the left side, said Beneficial Bank's projectengineer Thierry Lindor, of Bohler Engineering, during a presentation on Monday night.

There will be about 20 parking spaces, including six angled spaces which will primarily be used by employees, Lindor said.

The building was designed to look like a Cape Cod-style, brick house, with faux chimneys “to make it look more like a residential house with a commercial feel,” said Morris Clarke of DAS Architects in Philadelphia.

In July—despite opposition from members of the nearby  Church–the which were required because the branch will be built in an R-1 Residential District zone.

Evergreen trees and 6-foot-tall fencing will create a buffer between the bank and nearby residential properties, Lindor said. 

A study of the bank parking lot lighting concluded “there will be no spill off to the neighboring properties,” Lindor added.

In addition, there will be two entrances to the bank site: one off of Paxon Hollow Road, the other off of Sproul Road.

The developer will build a new left-hand turn lane going south on Sproul Road, in order to improve safety and capacity, the project’s traffic engineer, Frank Montgomery, of Traffic Planning and Design, of Camden, NJ, said.

Sproul Road will be widened from about 24 feet to 27 feet in order to accommodate the new lane.

There are also plans to construct a so-called “pork chop” traffic island in the parking lot, in order to promote cars which are exiting the bank to make a right-hand turn onto Paxon Hollow Road, Clarke said. A "right-turn only" sign will be posted at the exit.

Before approving the plan, commissioners added four conditions to the resolution:

1. An existing overhead electrical line should be relocated underground, if permitted by PECO;

2. Left-hand turn lane improvements should be made on Sproul Road;

3. A “pork chop” island should be added to the bank parking lot exit; and

4. The developer will make a one-time contribution of $2,500 to the township traffic signal fund.

Michael Talluto September 15, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Interesting that EVERYONE excluding the bank representatives and our own duly elected politicians seem to be against this. Aren't our elected officials supposed to represent the people whom THEY serve? Isn't that what democracy is? And if not, let's try to use logic. We've already heard many views from people who DON'T want another bank here. There are objections to traffic problems. There is the very definite issue of safety for the preschool children and the members who attend Belmont Baptist church. And where, oh where is the that silly little "hardship" that the current owner was supposed to prove just to get the zoning change? We STILL haven't heard an opinion from the zoning board that makes any sense. All I know is that an elected official can very quickly become un-elected, and I promise that the (wasted) time and energy we all put into trying to prevent this bank from being built will now go into making sure everyone on the zoning board and commision will be replaced by people who actually represent the people of Marple and not big business.
Ken Smith September 17, 2012 at 02:00 PM
You don't need another bank at that intersection, do we need a bank on every corner. Don't give away Broomall!!!
dennis Glancey October 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
The South side of Paxon Hollow Road has handicap only parking slots from the corner of Sproul Road. The north side is not marked but is not enough room for parking and for driving on that side. The bank SHOULD be permited to have any of the contractors personnel to park on this street. Also there is no room for the entrance of ant constructipon equipment on Paxon Howell Road. Because the children who attend the pre-school and day care center are dropped off at the Church in the morning and picked up in the afternoon there is nowhere to park from the curb line with Sproul Road and the driveway of the church ( which is beyond the propossed entravce to the bank and approved by our zoning board?).The zoning bord should never have approved this location for a bank because the neighbors ere completely against any construction of a commercial use by any group because Paxon Hollow Road is PRIVATE ROAD east from Sproul Road.
Rich Pezick December 19, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Three things.......1) Another business will help to keep taxes low. 2) The owners of land had $$$ signs in their eyes. Who among us would have kept the land a corn stand -vs- becoming a millionaire. 3) A year from now, none of us will care about another bank.
L. Ferguson December 19, 2012 at 06:38 PM
TAXES ARE NOT LOW WHEN NEW BUSINESSES OR HOUSES ARE BUILT, IF FACT THEY GO UP EACH AND EVERY YEAR, SOMETIMES, DUE TO THE TAX BREAKS WE GIVE THESE BUSINESS, WE END UP PAYING MORE TAXES! IT IS OBVIOUS NO ONE WANTS THIS BANK BUILT! LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE!

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