Chase seeking to build bank on Ridge Pike in Conshohocken

Chase is seeking to build a bank at 317 Ridge Pike in Conshohocken (Plymouth Township). On June 2nd, the issue was before Plymouth Township’s Planning Agency, which voted to make a recommendation of approval to Plymouth’s Council.

Chase is proposing to knock down the current building (the longtime home of Kay Lighting) and build a new building and drive-thru ATM. The property would go from 95% impervious coverage to less than 60% (meaning more greenspace).

During the meeting, neighbors on the backside of the property expressed concerns about the pass-through traffic in the neighborhood. They made suggestions such as not allowing a right turn to exit the property onto Harmon Road, allowing a fence higher than 6′, and pushing the bank building further back into the property.

You can watch the meeting below.

Regarding the fence, a neighbor asked the bank to place an 8′ fence instead of a 6′ fence between their properties. Since the zoning code only allows a 6′ fence, to do so, the bank would need to pay all the costs associated with a zoning hearing, pay a lawyer, etc, etc. with the possibility of it if not being approved in the end. There should be a caveat that allows a commercial property owner and a residential property owner to come to an agreement for a higher fence (within reason) outside of the zoning process.

It will now be up to Plymouth’s Council to make a final decision. The issue will be before the council on Tuesday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Transparency Alert!

The agenda for this meeting only included the information shown above. It does not include an address for the property involved, nor any information on what is being proposed.