Whitemarsh Township Supervisors to Make Decision on Proposed Townhomes on Aboltion Hall Property on October 25th

On the agenda for Thursday, October 25th meeting of Whitemarsh Township’s Board of Supervisors is a vote to approve or decline the proposal by K. Hovnanian to build 67 townhomes on the property of Abolition Hall in Plymouth Meeting. The agenda reads:

Consider Conditional Use #06-17 K. Hovnanian, LLC/4006 and 4046 Butler Pike – Townhouses in the VC-2 Zoning District

The proposal has met with organized resistance due to the historic nature of the property (it was a stop on the Underground Railroad) and common issues like traffic. The developer argues that the historic nature of the property would not be impacted (the homes would be built in adjacent fields).

Making the decision will be four of the five members of the all-Democrat Board of Supervisors. One member, Melissa Sterling, recused herself.

That leaves the possibility of a tie vote. We inquired with Whitemarsh’s solicitor, Sean Kilkenny, on what would happen if there was indeed a tie. He shared that it is his opinion that a tie vote would mean the denial of the application.

We will let you know the decision tomorrow night.