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Falls Considers Rezoning Land Near St. Joseph the Worker

In an effort to square off the St. Joseph the Worker parcel and make residential development more seamless, the Falls Township Board of Supervisors began the process of rezoning a one-acre parcel adjacent to the former church.

At the board’s July meeting, the Supervisors authorized advertisement of an ordinance, that once adopted, would rezone a one-acre parcel from neighborhood conservation to institutional to match the zoning at the worship site. The board will consider rezoning the land at its September meeting.

McGrath Homes plans to build age-restricted townhouses and apartments on the 12-acre portion of the St. Joseph the Worker parcel. McGrath attorney Thomas Hecker told the board that rezoning of the property will precede a conditional use application, as well as a subdivision and land development application.

Falls Township Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie, a St. Joseph the Worker parishioner until the church’s recent closure, said he and his family have had a long history worshipping at the church. While its closure was sad, the age-restricted project “makes sense.”

“We do have a very old population in Falls Township,” Harvie said. “Moving forward with a project like this does make sense … This is obviously the first step in a project that’s been talked about for a long time.”

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