Bentley Homes Receives Final Approval for Lochiel Farm

Bentley Homes Receives Final Approval for Lochiel Farm

It was a little over a year ago when Bentley Homes received conditional use approval for 140 townhomes in Exton.  Now, after working hard for a year ironing out all the engineering details, on February 13th, the West Whiteland Board of Supervisors officially granted final approval for Lochiel Farm, allowing Bentley Homes to get that much closer to breaking ground on their multi-family community located near the intersection of Ship Road and Lincoln Highway.  The community will include 140 townhomes and the renovation of two existing historic single family homes all centrally located within 1 mile of Route 202, the Route 30 Bypass, and Exton shopping centers and local restaurants. Lochiel Farm will include amenities such as naturalized walking trails, picnic areas, and most importantly direct access to the very popular Chester Valley Trail. DL Howell worked closely with traffic experts, Traffic, Planning and Design, and Landscape Architects and Land Planners, Orsatti and Stuart, to design this project and obtain approvals from PennDOT, West Whiteland, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the Chester County Conservation District. Please visit BentleyHomes.com and DLHowell.com for updates as the project progresses into the Construction phase. 

DL Howell Meets with STEM Students about Drones

DL Howell Meets with STEM Students about Drones

Earlier this month, on a cold snowy Friday, DL Howell and Associates was lucky enough to be invited by Bentley Homes and Kennett High School to meet with a group of STEM students to discuss engineering and the new drone technology being used by our engineers and surveyors.  The students, who are all taking Intro to Engineering classes at Kennett, were taken through the Stonehouse community which is currently under construction across the street from the High School.  Tom Bentley of Bentley Homes spoke about the design and construction process and gave the students an in-depth tour of the homes and the site.  At the conclusion of the tour, Dave Gibbons and Amanda Schneider of DL Howell were able to show off the various types of drones and explain their uses, the rules of flying, and also some of the other exciting features that have been introduced to drones in the past couple of years.  And while the students (and adults) were excited to see the drones in person and hear about their functions, what everyone really wanted to see was the drone fly.  So I’ll tell you that 14 degrees and snowing aren’t really recommended for drones but not wanting to disappoint, a quick flight demonstration in the driveway made for a great ending to their day.

Here are a couple of news articles that featured the students visit to Stonehouse:

Chestercounty.com   

Daily Local

Any questions on how DL Howell can assist with your aerial photography needs, please contact Dave Gibbons at 610-918-9002 or dgibbons@dlhowell.com

Construction is underway at Longwood Preserve

Construction is underway at Longwood Preserve

A little more than a year after submitting preliminary Land Development plans for Longwood Preserve, construction is underway on the 32-acre site on School House Road. DL Howell worked closely with Joe Ruggiero and Kevin Holohan of Longwood Preserve, LLC and East Marlborough Township to receive approval for 150 townhomes in Southern Chester County. The site is conveniently located about 1.5 miles from downtown Kennett Square and only one mile from Longwood Gardens. The community features almost of a mile of pathways and trails through Longwood Preserves 16 acres of open space in addition to a dog park, children’s playground, and picnic area. Brubacher Excavating has been working hard throughout the wet summer months to clear the site and install utilities in order for it to be ready for roadways to be paved and homes to be built this fall. Keep checking DLHowell.com for future updates.

 

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DLHowell Stormwater Inspection Services

DLHowell Stormwater Inspection Services

It’s that time of year again…

It’s that time of year again when D.L. Howell starts to receive a lot of phone calls about stormwater inspections. Maybe it’s because the grass starts getting greener, maybe it’s because of the heavy spring rainstorms, or maybe it’s because certain townships send out inspection notices to property owners in March. Who knows but regardless, spring is definitely a good time to inspect your system after a long winter and to make sure it will continue to function through the rainy days of summer.

Whether it is a newer stormwater system that is required to be inspected every year by the local municipality, or an old basin that has been in your community for over 30 years, hiring D.L .Howell to perform a simple inspection of the basic components is a good idea. While most communities have existed for a long time without ever even thinking about their stormwater basin, with all the new regulations and focus on runoff issues, many homeowners associations are trying to be pro-active and are willing to spend a little bit of money each year to potentially avoid a major costly remediation project down the road. A simple inspection can consist of a few hours on site, visually inspecting the condition of the basin, and then a couple hours back in the office preparing an inspection report including site photos and maintenance and repair recommendations. Nine times out of ten, most of the recommendations are relatively minor maintenance items, such as removing leaves and debris from storm outfalls, or clearing invasive species from the basin bottom, but occasionally a more major problem can be caught before it leads to a very costly issue.

So whether you’re a builder installing a new Stormwater BMP, a single family homeowner with an on-lot facility, or a property owner in a community with an HOA, just stop and think for a second, when was the last time a professional engineer has inspected our system. If it’s been a while, just us a call at 610-918-9002, and we can schedule a visit.

Lochiel Farm receives Conditional Use Approval

Lochiel Farm receives Conditional Use Approval

Over the past several months, DL Howell worked closely with Bentley Homes’ team of consultants to obtain Conditional Use approval for a multi-family community near the intersection of Ship Road and Lincoln Highway in West Whiteland Township. The community, which is currently being called Lochiel Farm, will include 140 townhomes and the renovation of two existing historic single family homes all centrally located within 1 mile of Route 202, the Route 30 Bypass, and Exton shopping centers and local restaurants. Lochiel Farm will include amenities such as naturalized walking trails, picnic areas, and most importantly direct access to the very popular Chester Valley Trail. Through 2018, DL Howell will be working with traffic experts, McMahon and Associates and Landscape Architects and Land Planners, Orsatti and Stuart, to design this project and obtain approvals from PennDOT, West Whiteland, FEMA, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the Chester County Conservation District. Please visit BentleyHomes.com and DLHowell.com for updates as the project progresses into the Land Development approval phase.

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