Concord OKs Royal Farms

Concord Township Council last night unanimously approved the conditional use and land development for Royal Farms. Lou Colagreco, the attorney for the applicant, said work would likely begin sometime in 2018 after his client gets the necessary permits from PennDOT.

Royal Farms wants to construct a 4,166 square foot store on the 1.4-acre lot in the split on Route 202 just north of Smithbridge Road. It will be a 24/7 operation with 18 refueling stations. The company will also provide some highway improvements.

Those improvements include widening Smithbridge Road within the area of the split from two to three lanes to allow for dedicated left turn lanes for vehicles to turn onto northbound and southbound Route 202 from Smithbridge. Another change would be the addition of a dedicated right turn lane in front of Meghan's Diner.

Council President Dominic Pileggi said negotiations are underway to get easements for the road changes. The township would acquire the easements, but Royal Farms will pay for them.

The approval comes with a total of 27 conditions, most of which are housekeeping issues requiring Royal Farms to abide by engineering review letters, township code and recommendations of the land planner and the fire marshal. Additionally, there may be no live entertainment or overnight parking, and there may be no outdoor seating or beer or wine sales without another conditional use hearing.

Ingress and egress will be from both the northbound and southbound sides on the north side of the site, and Royal Farms will install sidewalks around the site.

Concord held a conditional use for the application on April 18. Testimony was given, but no one spoke in opposition to the project.

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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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