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Nov 28

Construction in Montgomery County Viewed from Two Wheels

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 9:17 AM by Michael Stokes

If you travel around the county, you can’t avoid noticing all of the new construction going on.  Quite a change from many of the last ten years when construction was slowed down due to the Great Recession.   Later next February we will be releasing our annual summary of development activity in 2017.   That report will describe what is being proposed in the county.  During next summer, we will be providing more numbers about new residential and non-residential projects completed in the county during 2017.  So for now here is a quick scrap book of what is being built as seen during weekend bicycle trips around the county. 

No discussion about development in Montgomery County can start any other place than the Village at Valley Forge, clearly the epicenter of the current county building boom.

Amazingly enough despite the fact that over 2,400 apartment units are being built at the Village at Valley Forge, another large apartment complex is being constructed nearby in Upper Merion with access to the new township Schuylkill West Trail and Valley Forge Park.  Overall, apartments are the hottest single type of development taking place in the county.

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Speaking of apartments, the ground breaking was recently held for the Lansdale Station Apartments adjoining the newly built SEPTA overpass at the Lansdale Train Station.  Transit accessibility is another hot development trend in the county currently.

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In Ardmore, that transit accessible theme is picked up in the One Ardmore Place residential apartment building being constructed a block from the Ardmore Train Station.

The largest institutional construction project in the county is also located in Lower Merion.  The new Bryn Mawr Hospital Pavilion will add about 200,000 square feet of space to the already large Bryn Mawr Hospital.

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The transit access theme is also picked up in the new townhouse project in Hatboro being built a few blocks from the Hatboro Train Station.

Other townhouse projects are being constructed around the county such as this stacked townhouse project being built in Lansdale (also within walking distance of the Lansdale Train Station).

We are also seeing different types of attached housing products that are particularly attractive to older adults such as this 84- unit Club View development in Limerick Township.

Carriage homes are also a popular development choice.  This project in Upper Providence Township near the US Route 422 interchange at Route 29 was filled with sold signs on nearly every lot.

Some housing being constructed results from adaptive reuse of older institutional structures such as the former Trappe Middle School being redeveloped into luxury condominiums.

Though most construction projects in the county involve housing, there are a few office buildings under construction such as the Arborcrest building being constructed on the former Unisys campus in Whitpain Township.

To keep up with the new construction, municipal buildings are being expanded to such as the Limerick Township building.  The Springfield Township and Upper Providence Township buildings are also being redeveloped.

Of course with all of the new construction, there will be need for expanded fire services.   Pictured here is the new fire station for the Whitpain Fire Company.

Commercial development is probably the one lagging development type.  There is some retail development taking place, but most of it involves the redevelopment of existing shopping centers.   A new Royal Farms convenience store is being constructed in this Norristown shopping center.

Certainly there are several other projects that we did not show throughout the county.  Overall a very busy year for development.  The numbers that we release next year should document that fact.


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