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Council Approves Amended Agreement for Island View Crossing II Development, With Eye on Completion



Bristol Borough Council on Monday night approved an amended land development deal for the Island View Crossing land development project.

The project, which started in early 2000’s borough officials said to build 96 homes along the riverside on Radcliffe Street had been tied up in bankruptcy court and other legal issues.

Borough Solicitor William Salerno explained the need for the new land development approval.

“So as most people know the developer filed for bankruptcy. The trustee is operating the project and he got it moving. if you go over there all the townhouse buildings are up, though they are not completed. I think over 50 percent of the units have been sold, And many more under agreement.

Salerno said the trustee is very close to finishing that portion of the development with street lights installed along the entire path and is now working along the embankment.

The trustee, he said, never intended to do the whole project, his job was to find other developers to finish the project but has purchased the condo side, to build 96 condos. In order to do that, we have to reallocate the escrow, and make sure all of the escrows will cover all of the public improvements.

Borough engineers have been at the site for the last four weeks, Salerno said, working on new deal in order to proceed.

“We want to make sure everything between the new owner and trustee is going to be covered. In the next couple weeks we will be negotiating new agreements and amended agreements…because the buyer is interested in going to settlement very quickly,” hoping to break ground late this summer.

The original developer for the project, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors in July of 2017, according to court documents.

Developers Renato J. Gualtieri and affiliated firms Americorp Homes Inc., Island View Crossing II LP and Island View Properties Inc., of Newtown Borough, purchased the Island View Crossing development in 2011 and planned 73 townhomes and 96 condominiums for the 17.5-acre site along the Bristol Borough riverfront on Radcliffe Street, according to a report from the Bucks County Courier

The developer was also tied up in a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas case also, according to Courier report.

This is really good news, he said, after 16 years the project will now be completed.

Approving an amended land development deal is the first step in the process, Salerno said.

Any changes from the original plans, officials said, would have to be approved by the Council.

Council approved the resolution unanimously.



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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

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




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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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Borough

Street Sweeper Operations Suspended for Sections of Bristol Borough



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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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Bristol Twp Undercover Operation Nets Alleged Crack Dealer



A Bristol Borough man is facing serious drug related charges after he was arrested by Bristol Township Detectives following two undercover buys of “crack” cocaine.

According to police, James Edwards III, 30, became the focus of a drug investigation in Bristol Township for distribution of “crack” cocaine.  On May 29, Edwards allegedly delivered .79 grams of the drug to a confidential informant between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.  On the same day, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Edwards is alleged to have delivered .82 grams of the potent drug to a confidential informant.

Edwards was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Daniel Baranoski on Tuesday on felony two counts of manufacture, delivery, possession of a controlled substance.  He was released on unsecured bail and  is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 31 at Bristol Borough District Court.

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