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New Eatery Planned for Former Macaroni Grill

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By spring 2022, a new drive-thru restaurant is expected to open on Commerce Boulevard where the shuttered Macaroni Grill is currently located.

Once open, the 3,329-square-foot Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will employ “in excess” of 50 workers, according to Mike Meginniss, an attorney for the developer.

The Falls Township Board of Supervisors granted preliminary and final land development approval during Monday night’s hybrid meeting for the demolition of the 7,582-square-foot Macaroni Grill and construction of the brand-new chicken tender restaurant, which will feature indoor seating, as well as a 541-square-foot patio canopy and two drive-thru lanes. The Falls Township location will be one of the newest for the Louisiana-based chain, which operates more than 500 locations throughout the country.

“They are a very impressive organization,” Meginniss said of Raising Cane’s, adding that the company created a COVID Relief Fund to assist employees struggling during the pandemic and have not laid off any workers. “They pride themselves on being a local business, getting involved in the local community.”

The Supervisors voiced support for the new eatery, which will be situated at the intersection of Oxford Valley Road and Commerce Boulevard and adjacent to Outback Steakhouse.

“I’m happy to get another restaurant in there,” Supervisor John Palmer said. “The site is perfectly suitable for this type of establishment.”

The site has been vacant since March 2020, according to Meginniss.

“All of us are happy to see that building get filled,” Supervisors Vice Chairman Jeff Boraski said. “It’s a really nice location.”

While Raising Cane’s is a fast-food restaurant with essentially one item on its menu – chicken tenders – Meginniss described the eatery as pulling out all stops to offer a “very aesthetically pleasing” outdoor dining option, adding that the company spends a “significant investment” on the outdoor seating area.

Based on a traffic analysis and comparative data from similar Raising Cane’s, the fast-food chain has no more than 22 cars in the drive-thru que, even during its busiest times of day. The drive-thru at the Falls Township location would be able to handle more than 30 vehicles at a time in its two drive-thru lanes.

Since Raising Cane’s only offers chicken tenders (with sides and drinks), the food preparation is even faster than other fast-food restaurants, Meginniss said. On average, it takes a customer two-and-a-half minutes to place an order and pick up their food, he said.

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Local Government – Falls Township

Falls Supervisor’s Approve Morrisville’s RCAP Grant Agreement

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A resolution to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the Morrisville Municipal Authority for a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant was unanimously approved by the Falls Board of Supervisors in this week’s Supervisors’ workshop session.

To receive the grant, an applicant must have a local sponsor. The request coming to Falls from Morrisville is similar to what Falls does for the Pennsbury District.

The grant will be used for Morrisville’s treatment plant which is planned to be located on the U.S. Steel’s property.

Falls would strictly be the local sponsor and there is no cost, no risk, and no liability to Falls Township.

The Supervisors approved the request as Resolution 2024-23.

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Local Government – Falls Township

Falls Supervisors Approve Payment Increases for Municipal Bldg Project, Contact for Footbridge, 2 Ordinance Changes

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Last month the Falls Township Board of Supervisors approved change requests from the contractors working on the new municipal building project.

The companies, Rycon and Grace, involved with the renovation project for the Falls Municipal Building asked for consideration of a change order for each company. The board approved the request for both.  Rycon, the general contractor for the building renovations, asked for a change order totaling close to $295,000 for costs associated with unexpected circumstances with building construction. Grace, the construction management company, asking for the total projected increase close to $235,000 for costs also associated with unexpected circumstances with building construction.

The project was awarded in July to Rycon Construction in the amount of $19,230,000; and award the plumbing construction contract to Myco Mechanical, Inc., in the amount of $2,343,000

Work at the site is supposed to last until approximately October 2024, officials have said. 

In other related Board news  a contract was awarded for work on the Vermillion Hills footbridge on Vermont Lane to ABC Construction pending a favorable outcome of the responsible contractor review period. ABC Construction bid $72,500 and Township engineer Joseph Jones said the bid was “well below the budget” of $225,000 that had been earmarked for the project.

The Supervisors also  amended an ordinance related to tree protection standards to add a fee in lieu of tree replacement. Township attorney Lauren Gallagher said the ordinance is not related to residential removal and planting of shade trees, adding that the ordinance is “pretty standard.” Wherever tree removal has occurred or is planned, related documentation must be forwarded to the township’s Shade Tree Commission, as well as the township engineer for review and recommendation.

Advertisement of an ordinance related to parking was authorized by the Supervisors. Gallagher said the various proposed changes to the ordinance were requested by the police department and would remove several restrictions that police said are no longer needed.

The proposed changes included allowing vehicles to park on Vermillion Way from Trenton Road to Vermont Lane. If adopted, the ordinance would remove the permit parking only during school hours restriction to the following areas: (1) Barberry Lane from Black Pine Lane to Buttonwood Lane; (2) 88 Buttonwood Drive; (3) Bluespruce Lane from Birch Drive to and including No. 82; (4) Bluespruce Lane from No. 101 to and including No. 69; (5) Briaroot Lane from Birch Drive to and including No. 80; (6) Briaroot Lane from Birch Drive to and including No. 75; (7) Black Pine Lane from Upper Birch Drive to and including No. 42; (8) Black Pine Lane from Upper Birch Drive to and including No. 37; and (9) Upper Bird Drive from Black Pine Lane to the township line, said township officials.

 

 

 

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Local Government – Bensalem Township

Garbage-Yard Waste Pickup Schedule for Independence Day Holiday

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Bristol Borough
Being that July 4th 2024 falls on the 1st Thursday of the month, which is the Yard Waste Collection day, J.P. Mascaro & Sons will be collecting yard waste the following Thursday, 7/11/2024.

Bristol Twp
A refuse and recycling holiday collection schedule is in effect for this week, beginning July 4th through July 6th due to the Independence Day holiday. There will be no Refuse, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection on Thursday, July 4th. Service scheduled for Thursday will be delayed to Friday, July 5th. All subsequent trash/recycling/yard waste collection will be delayed by one day. For example, pickup normally scheduled for Friday, July 5th will be delayed to Saturday, July 6th. Regular collection services will resume the following week. Please call 267-812-2950 for additional information or questions.

Bensalem
Whitetail Disposal
Collection will be completed on a one day delay for service.
Thursday service will occur on Friday. Friday service will occur on Saturday.
For the remainder of our residential customers, your service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

Falls Township
If the holiday falls on your regular pickup day, trash will be collected on your next regular service day. Recyclables will be picked up on your scheduled service day the following week.

Langhorne Borough
If a scheduled holiday (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) falls on a regularly scheduled pickup day, pickup will be the following day.

Lower Makefield
Residents have private contractors who set their holiday schedule

Middletown Township
When a holiday falls on a collection day, trash will be collected on the next regular collection day. When a holiday falls on a recycling day, recyclables will be collected the following day.

Morrisville
The holiday collection schedule will be on a one day delay from the day of the holiday. For example, a Monday holiday will be a Tuesday pickup, Tuesday will be Wednesday, Wednesday will be Thursday, Thursday will be Friday, and Friday will be Saturday. All pickup days will be delayed by one day during any holiday week. This includes six holidays, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Penndel Borough
Trash and recycling is picked up every Thursday morning. Holiday weeks push trash/recycling pickups to Friday, unless the holiday falls on a Friday.

Tullytown
There will be no bulk or yard waste pickups the week of July 1st through July 5th.  Pickups will resume on Monday, July 8th.

Yardley Borough
Yardley Borough collection days are Wednesday Trash and Recycling – Saturday Trash and Bulk

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