Owners of the building formerly occupied by Bucks County Trading Post at 46 N. Main St. in New Hope have had a tough time in recent years finding a development formula that’s acceptable to New Hope’s Borough Council and its advisory committees.
One complication: the building sits in New Hope’s commercial zone, and the shrinking of New Hope’s downtown business area is of concern to many. Yet, an opulent Italian Restaurant that appeared to meet all necessary requirements was previously turned down, as was a prior residential development proposal.
This time around, Scott Kelley is leading an investment group, including New Hope notable Glenn Stephan, who want to convert the building into a four-unit condominium complex. Kelly is also a key player in Gateway to New Hope LLC’s planned conference center at the former Odette’s Restaurant site.
Whether or not the plan manages to strike the Goldilocks balance between commercial, residential and other interests remains to be seen. We wanted to see what it may actually look like, and the folks at Ralph Fey Architects were kind enough to send along the latest sketch.
Next stop for the proposal is the Zoning Hearing Board.