Jenkintown grocery store development, billboard challenges move one step forward

Jenkintown Borough Council met Wednesday evening to discuss plans for a forthcoming 49,940 square feet grocery store with 171 parking spaces situated at the former site of Glanzmann Subaru.

The store’s developers will consolidate six parcels at 93, 95, 97 and 99 Old York Road, 409 Wyncote Road, and 322 Washington Lane into one lot totaling approximately three acres.

Council approved a preliminary land development agreement with a few conditions, one of which was a commitment from the developer to work with the engineer and the Planning Commission to create additional pedestrian crossings at Walnut and Washington Lane and Cedar and Washington Lane.

“It’s a big parcel of land, and this was another step in the process,” Borough manager George Locke said.

For more details about the grocery store’s plans and safety concerns, you can check out recent coverage by GlensideLocal here.

Thursday evening saw Jenkintown’s Zoning Hearing Board listen to concerns and challenges to a billboard ordinance in the borough as it relates to 440 York Road.

“440 L Jenkintown LH, LLC filed a substantive validity challenge April 22 of this year,” Locke said. “They’re challenging the billboard ordinance because they feel that it’s unconstitutional spot-zoning. They want the billboard allowed on one parcel and the Borough feels that it’s allowed on two to three parcels.”

A final Zoning Hearing Board meeting for closing arguments is set for November 2, and the Board will make a decision after that. The situation dates back to a substantive validity challenge filed on April 22 by 440 L Jenkintown LH, LLC.