OMNIA Architects continues work on a mixed use area in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, with local developer Colman Roach of Roach Development Corporation. The property includes retail space with a proposal for fifty-four (54) townhome units. The current space, Penn's Purchase retail outlet, needs revitalization. It is a beautiful area but many stores remain vacant.
One of the many benefits of this project include the replacement of at least an acre of impervious cover (parking spaces) with attractive landscaped greenery. “We're going for a new aesthetic,” Brian Mann, partner at OMNIA Group Architects says. “Fresher, more-modern language to those buildings that face the front. The townhouses would be in a traditional Bucks County vernacular so that the village feel is maintained and even extended. It's really about improving the village continuity.”
“This really is a win-win for the municipality and the community,” Mann said. “They're going to get a better, more integrated, more aesthetically consistent feel. They're going to get less traffic and more green space. It's a terrific concept."
“The buildings – pretty much the whole site – have been neglected for a long time. What we're going to do; when you come down Route 202, it's going to be a whole different look and feel on these buildings. We're not going with anything crazy-modern in style, but we're going to freshen up the look with new materials and color schemes.”