Lower Makefield Approves Zoning For Wegmans, Prickett Preserve

"Preservation As Vision" with the historic Prickett home. Image courtesy of Lower Makefield Township.

The Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors approved a mixed use zoning plan for the Prickett Preserve at Edgewood at Monday night’s meeting. The community is now one step closer to having a local Wegmans.

Plans from developer Shady Brook Investors LP, of Yardley, and DeLuca Yardley LLC call for 36 acres of apartments and shops. The plot sits between Stony Hill Road and I-295, across from Shady Brook Farm.

If approved, it would include 200 units of luxury residential apartments, plus six retail buildings. Wegmans is the only confirmed business so far.

Public comment at Monday’s meeting lasted for four straight hours as residents voiced their concerns. As the have at past meetings, locals brought up potential increases in traffic volume, impact on local business, and a change in the style of Lower Makefield.

Before calling a vote, Chair Frank Weiss gave his thoughts on the plan. He stated and was personally looking forward to the project.

“I know the infrastructure that will support this development will be sound,” Weiss said.

Ultimately, the supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of approving the zoning. Only John Lewis opposed the measure, who raised concerns about potential legal consequences and the effect on local businesses.

Lewis worried bringing in a Wegmans could impact other local grocery stores already in the area. A McCaffery’s and Giant Food Store sit just a mile down Stony Hill Road.

Vince DeLuca, President at DeLuca Homes, sent out a statement late Monday night. It is available in its entirety below.

“We appreciate the time and thorough review put forth by the Board of Supervisors to approve the mixed-use overlay ordinance for the proposed Prickett Preserve at Edgewood development. This will allow for a walkable village that promotes a healthy-living environment and reduces overall traffic by eliminating the need for residents to use vehicles to reach various destinations. It will also create new opportunities for grocery, retail and public spaces, while generating more tax revenues for the Lower Makefield Township community and school district. The proposed plan would also make significant road improvements to alleviate current traffic in the surrounding area. We are encouraged by the community feedback and the hundreds of residents who voiced their support, as it will make this project something everyone can be proud of and enjoy. We look forwarding to working with the township and community members to continue moving the land development plan forward.”