A new restaurant could be coming to a newly renovated Horsham Road retail center.
But, before the tenant can move into a 3,100-square-foot portion of the former 5 Star Gardens, the Horsham Township Council must grant approval, in this case waiving the need for land development reviews by the planning commission and the governing body.
Township Manager Bill Walker said that since the developer is using the same building foundation, it is not necessary for land development plans to be submitted.
The council is expected to act during its Oct. 22 meeting, but on Wednesday night, Jim Garrity, an attorney for The Elements Horsham property owner, gave an overview of impending improvements that he said could "unify everything" at the stone facade center.
"We need to do, not just the buildings, but we need to do prettying of the site," Garrity said. "We’ve got to do this and we’ve got to do this as quickly as we can."
Besides minor site work including repaving and re-striping at the former Pine Run Shopping Center, Garrity said plans call for the reduction of about 1,500 square feet of the building footprint and the removal of 17,000 square feet of impervious coverage. In addition, he said 94 additional parking spaces would be created.
Walker added that the developer intends to extend sidewalks all along Horsham Road down to Avenue E, add trees, and landscaping to the front of the property.
Rain gardens and stormwater controls are also planned, Garrity said. Work has been ongoing for several months at the former 5 Star Gardens and Garrity said the finished result will be a "complete restoration" with the same stones as the neighboring businesses "so it all looks alike."