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1201 Wilson to Open in January?

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For months, if not longer, Bristol Borough Council has wondered aloud and privately about when the old Mill Run site on Wilson Avenue will open.

Last Monday night some answers were provided by the spokesman for the developers Michael Hollister. 

To rewind, before going forward, he said in 2018, that Philadelphia-based 1201 Wilson Acquisitions plan to open the facility’s first three floors in September 2018. 

Hollister said sometime in December the projects website would go live with two portals. One for job seekers and the second for residency applications.

“We are in striking distance of opening the two story structure which has 64 beds”

At this point, he said, we have to finish the kitchen and cafeteria which need to be licensed and approved before we can begin accepting patients, he said.

“We’re in the home stretch barring any unforeseen permitting, licensing or supply issues the beginning of January we should be able to open for business,'” Hollister said.

The borough has worked alongside the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority to get the $15 million to $17 million Mill Run project off the ground.

The borough, and county agreed in 2015 to designate the parcel a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) property.

The Redevelopment Authority owns the property and has agreed to transfer ownership to Wilson Acquisition when 1201 Wilson opens, officials said .

Virginia-based Sunrise Senior Living managed a nursing home at the site until 2008, when officials cited financial difficulties for closing the location’s doors.  

The 3.6-acre property became an eyesore of sorts for locals as a developer was sought to redevelop the property,. 

 In the LERTA  program, the developer will pay taxes on 10 percent of a property’s assessed value — in this case about $4.7 million, according to public data as of 2019 — the first year, and 10 percent more each year for the next nine years.

“I understand it takes long to get something done, and this is extremely long,” Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe said, he himself a private contractor.

East ward councilwoman Lorraine Cullen, has openly shared her frustration about the length of the project and lack of communication with Borough officials said, I hate to say January of 23 because people are going to be complaining again if it doesn’t happen.

I know families that want to move their parents there. I know people who want to work there, and you know, she said.

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Hollister in attempt to assuage Cullen’s frustration, said the rooms in the two story building are about 80 percent done.

“We’re just hoping to see it, rather than believe it, east ward councilman Gregg Pezza  said, adding he didn’t think Hollister was purposely misleading Council.

In April and June this publication contacted Hollister for an update on the project, he did not respond to the requests.

Hollister did tell Council to blame him for the delays in opening the facility.

They didn’t seem to be convinced.

Developer Rendering presented to Bristol Borough Council 2018
Credit: 1201 Wilson Acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

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Human Interest - Bensalem Township

Neshaminy Mall Sale Finalized Large Scale Redevelopment Planned Says New Owners

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One of the area’s biggest shopping malls will have new life given to it by its new owners, they say.

As previously reported, Paramount Realty Group  has purchased the 1-million square foot mall which sits at the crossroads of Lincoln Highway, Route 1 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Brookfield Properties. 

Opened in 1968, the Neshaminy Mall has hosted stores such as “Boscov’s” and “GameStop”, but over the years, the mall has started to decline in both visitors and renters. Walking through the mall now is like walking through a ghost town. The AMC theater and Boscov’s are still there, but stores like Macy’s, Friendly’s, and even Rita’s water ice are all gone with the mall dying a slow painful death prior to the sale.

The mall will undergo large-scale construction that will see roughly half of the area demolished in the process, the new owners told the Philadelphia Business Journal last week. 

The plans, which have not been finalized as of yet,  but could include a mix of residential, retail, and medical facilities, according to Paramount Realty Principal Maurice Zekaria, in the report.

Paramount and Edgewater jointly announced that they had closed on the purchase of the 108-acre site from Brookfield Properties for $27.5 million, a far cry from a previous estimated market value of $45.4 million.

Credit: DeZen Graphics

Paramount owns numerous properties in Bucks County, including Marketplace at Neshaminy, which is adjacent to the mall, and Lincoln Plaza in Middletown Township, which they acquired in 2020, according to public records and also purchased Brunswick Square Mall in Middlesex County, New Jersey in 2023.

The former Macy’s was recently purchased by Tony Chowdhurry, who is converting the space to a Fusion Gym in the hopes of giving the mall a “shot in the arm.” 

At the Oxford Valley Mall, Boscov’s was torn down to make way for luxury apartments and is expected to be completed soon.

The ability to shop online, experts say, is the single biggest contributor to the demise of shopping malls across America.

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Turnpike Commission: Traffic Disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is warning motorists of expected traffic disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township due to an ongoing bridge rehabilitation project.

Starting this week, drivers merging onto I-95 northbound from the Delaware Valley Interchange acceleration ramp will encounter a temporary stop sign. The stop sign is in place through August 11 and is being placed to facilitate safe merging near the Levittown/Bristol Interchange (Exit 42). Additionally, on Friday, July 19, from midnight to 5 a.m. traffic pacing operations will slow vehicles to 20 to 25 mph. The intermittent 15-minute slowdowns at milepost 42.35 are planned for the safety of motorists and construction crews working on the bridge over the East Penn Railroad.

Motorists traveling eastbound and westbound on the Turnpike and northbound and southbound on I-95 in Bucks County are advised to adjust their travel plans accordingly. Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be on-site to guide drivers through the work zones. Travelers can also expect updates from changeable message signs along the routes, according to officials. Officials noted that the work schedule may change depending on weather conditions.

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Street Sweeper Operations Suspended for Sections of Bristol Borough

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Bristol Borough officials announced late Wednesday that due to paving operations in the west ward, street sweeping would cease for one week and restart operations the week of July 24 on those streets.

“Due to paving, the street sweeper will not be sweeping these streets on Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th of this week:  Mifflin St., Linden St., Locust St., Maple St. and Green St.  The regular schedule will resume next week,” said a press release from the Bristol Borough Police Department.

 

Paving work being performed in Bristol Borough Wednesday
Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

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