TOWAMENCIN TOWN CENTER
The Village of Kulpsville in Towamencin Township developed as an historic crossroads community. The community’s schools, banks, shops and residential district converged at the intersection of Sumneytown Pike and Forty Foot Road, giving the village its historic charm. However, as Philadelphia’s suburban growth has extended northward,
Kulpsville has experienced increased traffic and development pressures. Interchange 31 of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (located approximately 1/4 mile to the west of the village) is the next
pressure point for development in the Delaware Valley with the potential of developing to the magnitude of King of Prussia.
The Township, recognizing its increasing desirability from a development perspective, retained a team including Urban Partners to develop an Urban Design Plan and Management Action Strategy to steer new development to a town center. Urban Partners was responsible for determining the financial feasibility of implementing the approved Town Center Vision Plan, identifying an appropriate mix of users and establishing a phasing plan for the infrastructure improvements that will be required to accommodate some of the development components.
We prepared detailed market analysis for plan components
and determined the economic, employment and fiscal benefits of the project. As program components were revised, we continued to support the Township with updated market and fiscal impact assessments throughout the predevelopment phase. A concrete bridge that creates a safe and accessible pedestrian link over the five lanes of traffic that bisect the new Towamencin Town Center was
constructed and development to date includes 180-unit luxury apartments, a 135-room Marriot Courtyard hotel, the 15,000 SF Culinary Arts Institute of the Montgomery County Community College and the 77,000 SF Towamencin Corporate Center.