High School Redevelopment Project Update

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June 4, 2009

As the final school year at the Souderton High School comes to a close, Borough Council is working to finalize the overlay zoning district to lay the foundation for the redevelopment of the school property. This ordinance is expected to be presented to the Souderton Planning Commission on June 17 and will be formally considered at the August 3 Borough Council meeting.

Next Steps

Borough Council must approve the overlay zoning district and master design standards before Metro Development Company can complete its final land development plans for the property. The land development plans will provide details for infrastructure, roads, buildings, parking lots, and more. We expect the borough engineer, Souderton Planning Commission, Montgomery County Planning Commission, and Borough Council to carefully review and discuss the plans for several months before construction can begin.

High School Redevelopment Project Overview

At a special Borough Council meeting in December 2008, Metro Development Company presented its conceptual plan to transform the high school property into the Souder Hill Towne Centre. Some changes to the plan since its November 2008 unveiling included eliminating the natatorium and private health club along Chestnut Street and proposing a 3-story independent and assisted living facility.

An overview and conceptual sketch are available on www.SouderHill.com.

Next, Metro is expected to consider adjacent properties available for purchase, complete its sales agreement with the Souderton Area School District, and complete its land development plans.

The land development review process is expected to take at least one year to complete. Stay tuned to www.SoudertonBorough.org and sign up for eNews for updates on this process and upcoming redevelopment meetings and presentations in 2009.

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Work Crews Getting Ready to Pour Concrete for New Souderton Pool

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A view of the new diving well. Penn Builders is pictured in the
background excavating for the footings for the new bathhouse building.
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A view of the zero entry area which will lead to the children’s area filled
with water features including a palm tree, a fire hydrant, and a sunflower.
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A view of the intermediate area where the large tube
slide will be located as well as an underwater bench section.

The Souderton Pool is beginning to take shape! Crews are hard at work framing up forms so that the base concrete shell for the leisure pool can be installed during the week of November 8.

The Pool Fundraising Committee reminds the community that donations will be accepted throughout the project, and {rokbox text=|naming opportunities| size=|750 520|}images/stories/PDFs/NamingOpportunities.pdf{/rokbox} are still available for many of the pool’s amenities. There still remains a lot of site work to complete and funds are greatly appreciated to help us meet the goal of opening Memorial Day weekend of 2011.

To donate by credit card call the Souderton Borough office at 215-723-4371.

To donate by check download the donation form and mail it with your check payable to the Make Your Splash Pool Campaign, Souderton Borough Office, 31 W. Summit Street, Souderton, PA 18964.

All gifts of $5,000 or more are considered a major gift and will be acknowledged on the entrance dedication wall of the Souderton Community Pool. For additional information visit the Souderton Pool Fundraising Committee’s website.

Pool Demolition Is Underway

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In just over a year Souderton plans to kick off the 2011 swimming season with a big splash at the grand re-opening of the Souderton Pool. Crews from Franconia Township began demolition on the main bathhouse at the Souderton Community Pool on Tuesday, May 11.

A track excavator (pictured) was donated to Souderton Borough by C & S Lawn & Landscape and is operated by Franconia Township employees. P K Moyer & Sons is working with Souderton and Franconia to aid in hauling wood debris for disposal by Waste Management.

Crews from Souderton Borough, Franconia Township, and Telford Borough will continue to work on concession stand and filer house demolition projects throughout May. Additionally, the current pool deck and former tot pool will be removed to prepare the site for construction work that is scheduled to begin in August 2010.

Mandatory Meeting for Prospective Bidders

Bids for renovation on the pool have been advertised, and all interested bidders will have to attend a mandatory pre-construction meeting on Wednesday, May 19. All bids will be opened and are due by June 3.

Check Your Mailbox, Make Your Splash Campaign

At the end of May, 8,000 Make Your Splash campaign community mailers will be sent to homes in the Indian Valley area.

Board member and pool campaign board chairman Jeffery Gross is confident that residents will be able to swim with their children, jump off the diving board, and slip down a new water slide at the updated Souderton Pool by Memorial Day 2011 if the entire community commits to participating in additional fundraising efforts.

In the coming months the pool committee will advertise additional fundraisers and events that will aim to secure the additional funding needed to keep the pool re-opening date on track.

Bookmark Souderton’s website this summer to stay up-to-date on pool construction news and progress.

Commercial Ordinance Revisions At May 3 Council Meeting

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Borough Council will discuss a  C-2 Limited Commercial and Residential Ordinance|and a revised zoning map the May 3 council meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Due to concerns voiced at the public hearing and comments received by the Montgomery County Planning Commission, map revisions were made to reduce the expanded commercial district area. The amended ordinance and zoning map will be up for formal consideration at the June 7 council meeting.

If adopted, this ordinance will expand Souderton’s commercial district, and will allow more retail shops and businesses to open in the borough. The ordinance was created to be sensitive to current homeowners that live along the proposed expanded commercial district.

Police Chief Charles Quinn, Sr. to Retire April 30

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Chief Charles Quinn, Sr. in the Souderton Parade

After over 44 years of law enforcement service, and 39 years as a dedicated member of the Souderton Police Department, Police Chief Charles A. Quinn, Sr. is retiring on April 30.

Police Chief Quinn began his career in law enforcement at the Ambler Police Department where he obtained police training through the Pennsylvania State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Federal Food & Drug Administration. He graduated from the FBI Detective School’s 31st session in 1975, and throughout his career he received advanced training in the fields of narcotics investigation and drug control and crime prevention.

Years of Service in Souderton

Police Chief Quinn joined the Souderton Borough Police Department in 1971, and was quickly promoted to the position of Sergeant in 1973. Following the untimely death of Chief Paul Wolf, Jr. was selected to serve as Acting Chief of the department in 1982, and was formally appointed Chief of Police on October 3, 1983.

A United States Navy veteran who was stationed at Norfolk, VA, Police Chief Quinn also served our country aboard the USS Randolph – an aircraft carrier that operated in the waters surrounding Cuba.

Currently, Police Chief Quinn is a permanent member on the executive board of the Montgomery County Lodge 14, Fraternal Order of Police.

Souderton Borough is grateful for Chief Quinn’s years of service and wishes him a happy and healthy retirement.