Freddy’s gets final approval

The physical work is still to be done, but Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers has a green light to open in Birmingham Township.

The supervisors on Monday night gave final approval for the land development plan for the eatery, to be located on Route 202 at Old Wilmington Pike, across from Penn Oaks Drive.

Stephen DiMarco, owner of the Freddy’s franchise in Broomall, said he expects his new restaurant to be open sometime in early 2017. Before the new building can go up, the old one — a former convenience store — needs to be torn down. He said the work should take about 100 days once it gets started.

DiMarco, who also owns Penn Oaks Country Club, went through a conditional use hearing for the project in February, and received approval in March. Preliminary land use approval came in July.

The final approval this week almost stalled because the applicant is now asking for some outdoor seating, something that wasn’t part of the conditional-use hearing. Supervisors agreed to approve the plan as heard in February, but not with the outdoor seating. They will wait until the township solicitor has a chance to review the amended proposal before making that decision.

DiMarco said Freddy’s would be similar to an Applebee’s or TGI Friday’s type of restaurant, but without alcohol. It would be open for lunch and dinner only, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday trough Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Other business

• Concordville Fire Company Treasurer Dave Montville addressed the supervisors, explaining that the fire company wants the township to increase its annual donation. He said that 8.9 percent of the company’s calls come from Birmingham and that he’d like the township to pay that same percentage of its operating costs, which would bring the township‘s share to $37,000. The township currently pays $17,000 per year.

Montville explained that part of the rising cost is due to a diminishing number of volunteers, and that paid firefighters need to be hired.

• Joe Mobile, an aide to state Rep. Dan Truitt, R-156, announced that Truitt would hold a town hall meeting at the Birmingham municipal building on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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