Developer 18-20 W. Mechanic Street, LLC, is currently seeking approval of its proposed residential complex, also known as the “Towpath Development,” from New Hope’s Historic Architectural Review Board.
The site includes one of the last large tracts of land in downtown New Hope, and was once home to the famed Towpath House Restaurant. It also currently encompasses three residential units and four business spaces, largely abandoned.
The proposed development plan envisions five town homes, two condos, and two retail units, along with a first-floor restaurant in the historic 18-20 W. Mechanic St. building. The finished project would dramatically alter existing views from both the Delaware Canal and South Main Street.
In its heyday, the Towpath House Restaurant drew large crowds for its fine food selection and theatrical staff, and sat across the canal from the renowned Canal House Restaurant owned by Johnny Francis.