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Township officials say no notice on alleged plans for Under-21 Club

The former Simon Pearce building has been vacant since Feb. 2011. Published reports suggest that a local developer expressed interest in turning it into an Under-21 Club, but township officials say they’ve received no information on the issue.

By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, The Times

POCOPSON — At a recent Township Supervisor’s meeting, officials responded to a local published report alleging that the former Simon Pearce Restaurant at the Brandywine Creek bridge along route 52 is being sold to establish an Under-21 Club.

According to published reports, local resident Tom Pancoast, mentioned in an interview that he is considering the site as an alternative after having to pull out of a deal for the former Ethan Allen property located in Concord Township. Pancoast had been engaged in a legal battle with Concord, which declined to approve his application to build the Under-21 Club at a U.S.-1 property.

Pocopson Supervisors’ Chair, Steve Conary said the township has gotten nothing in writing from Pancoast or a representative. He said supervisors received several phone calls from residents inquiring about the article “but to this point we only know what was written in the newspaper.”

The building has been vacant since Feb. 2011 and has been for sale since the restaurant/glass store closed. Reportedly, the property has been listed for in excess of $3 million. The building has the township’s only alcohol license, which was expected to be included in any sale of the building.

Also in Pocopson Township, the Riverside Homeowners’ Association (HOA) is asking for help enforcing traffic safety in their development.  Riverside HOA representative, Scott Kirkland, said residents are parking cars along both sides of several one-way loops within the community. Homeowner’s believe it is a potential safety issue and are worried that emergency vehicles could not gain access to properties due to vehicles limiting the right of way.

According to Kirkland, written notices – reminding residents to limit parking to one side only – have largely been ignored. Township officials said they will look into the matter and work with homeowners to discover a viable solution.

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