James J. Terry Funeral Home and On the Go Kids New Bus Facility

James J. Terry Funeral Home and On the Go Kids New Bus Facility

DLHowell Projects Under Construction

As we head into the dog days of summer, construction crews continue to work tirelessly on several recent DL Howell land development projects throughout Chester County. Two projects are pushing for completion by the end of the summer, one being a new James J. Terry Funeral home in Valley Township and the other being a bus facility for On the Go Kids in East Caln.

Click Play to watch the transformation from plan to final parking lot.

The new funeral home will be located at 1060 W. Lincoln Highway, just down the street from the Chester County Airport. After working with Valley Township, Chester County Conservation District, and PennDOT for almost a year to obtain approvals, construction started late last year and will continue for the next couple months. The building is up, and the crews are installing curb so they can start paving the parking lots. The project team consists of site contractor: Joseph W. Davis Excavating; Architect: Bernardon, and Landscape Architect: Orsatti and Stuart.

James J. Terry Funeral Home

While James J. Terry still has a few months to go, On the Go Kids new bus facility is all but finished. The lot is paved, striped, and ready for buses just in time for the start of school next month. While currently operating from two separate sites, the owners of On the Go Kids wanted to expand and provide a dedicated facility for their fleet of buses and vans. Their new facility off S. Chestnut Street in East Caln will have 156 parking spaces and will give them room to grow for the next few years as they continue to support several school districts in the area.

On The Go Kids Parking Lot


Snow Easements, Who needs em?

Snow Easements, Who needs em?

As winter winds down with a whopping total of 7″ of snow this year, I can’t stop thinking about being required to provide snow storage easements on a recent subdivision plan. Obviously, the developer agreed to add these to the plan, as it wasn’t worth an argument a few weeks from getting approval, however as I sat there at my desk drafting them in, I couldn’t stop thinking, “Are these really necessary?” In today’s world, residential lots seem riddled with restrictions from easements. Stormwater BMP easements, sanitary sewer easements, access easements, walking trail easements, conservation easements, waterline easements, drainage easements, riparian buffer easements and NOW snow easements? I actually live on a cul-de-sac, and while I’ve lived there for only 5 years, I have been witness to what I would consider very large snowstorms for our area. Can you guess how many times I sat there thinking I wish these plows would stop pushing the snow off the road and onto my lawn? Zero. I could be wrong but I would like to think most, if not all people, would have no problem with plowed snow as long as the plow doesn’t tear up their grass or knock over their mailbox.

So considering I’ve never been a snowplow driver, even though it was my childhood dream to be one, I’m going to give the Township and their Public Works Department the benefit of the doubt on this one. Maybe just living on a cul-de-sac or driving through neighborhoods after major snowstorms doesn’t qualify me to decide if another set of easements is really necessary. I mean I can only imagine, we’re a couple days away from a snowstorm and the public works crew is sitting around the table planning where they are going to put all that snow. “Alright guys, I know for the past 40 years we’ve been struggling to clear the snow from all those cul-de-sacs out there, but I have great news for you. You know that new development off Main Street, all our problems have been solved, you have an extra 10 feet past the sidewalk where you can push all the snow. But make sure you bring that full set of land development plans to keep in your truck so you can find out exactly where that easement begins and ends.” “You got it, Boss!”

Ok, so I honestly can’t see that happening, but let’s assume that it does. As I said before I’ve never plowed snow, so maybe these easements will make things easier and cause fewer headaches. I can only imagine if we’re providing them here in Southeastern PA where we average something like 36″ a year, with statistical analysis showing that we can expect a single storm to exceed 20″ on average once every 10 years and snowstorms that exceed 10″, about every other year; places like Buffalo and Upstate New York must have snow storage easements all over the place. Right? I mean they get like at least three times the snow fall we get. Where do they put it all? Do they not allow cul-de-sacs? What do you think? Do we need more easements?

PS -If we do happen to get the big blizzard next week that is currently being predicted, send us your cul-de-sac snow pictures to dgibbons@dhowell.com