UPDATE on Landscapes3 - Chester County's New Comprehensive Plan

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Back in April, we gave an overview of the new comprehensive plan (Landscapes3) (http://www.navenewell.com/ground-level/coming-soon-to-chester-county-a-new-comprehensive-plan-landscapes3#.WxfghkgvxPY)coming to Chester County. Since then we attended a meeting led by Brian O’Leary, Executive Director of the Chester County Planning Commission (CPCC) and wanted to update everyone on the development of Landscapes3. The CCPC anticipates a population increase of 146,000 people by 2045 as well as 55,000 more homes and 80,000 more jobs. Therefore, this plan update is required to provide guidance for municipalities on growth and preservation, guide government actions and provide assistance on issues that transcend municipal boundaries. What Are the Key Issues? Ch [Read more] 

Kennett Square’s Western Edge Flourishing as Businesses Move into Cannery Row

Heather Diemer - Thursday, May 17, 2018
This building is the first of several that is being developed in the western edge of Kennett Square, part of Cannery Row properties. FRAN MAYE – DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA The western edge of Kennett Square is about to bloom. A 5.2-acre property known as Cannery Row, which is located near the boundary between the Kennett Square Borough and Kennett Township, is nearing completion of its first phase, and already all space of the approximately 11,300 square foot building is leased. Located adjacent to Magnolia Place and Victory Brewing off of Mill Road, Cannery Row consists of ground floor commercial spaces with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments above. A dog park, public plaza and on-site parking finish off this project that will soon offer a new walkable destinatio [Read more] 

Plants That Keep Pests Away

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Who doesn’t love sitting outside on a nice warm evening? Those who can’t stand getting bug bites – that’s who! You could always light citronella candles and cover yourself in insect repellent. On the other hand, you could fill your outdoor space with herbs, flowers and plants that keep bugs away without chemicals. Pick up a few fun containers, some potting soil and these plants and begin to take back your yard from annoying pests. Herbs Lavender - A favorite, calming scent for many it can also be used to repel mosquitoes and flies. Lemon Grass - This herb will repel mosquitoes, however, it is harmful to dogs so make sure they don’t eat the leaves. Mint - Not only can you use it in your tea, but [Read more] 

World Landscape Architecture Month: 4 Inspirational Designers

Heather Diemer - Monday, April 23, 2018
Inspiration is everywhere and once discovered it can be the foundation for all of your designs. Our team took some time this month, World Landscape Architecture Month, to recognize an influential person in their career. Here’s what some of them had to share: Meghan Shomper’s influence comes from Dan Urban Kiley (https://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/kiley-legacy/index.html) who said, “Should not the role of design be to reconnect human beings with their space on their land?” (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b9/Fountain_of_the_Great_Lakes_by_Lorado_Taft_-_Art_Institute_of_Chigao_-_2.jpg) Art Institute of Chicago, South Garden - Photo By Daderot [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons Meg shares her st [Read more] 

Under Construction: Senior Living Facility in Devon

Heather Diemer - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Six months into construction, our senior living project along E. Conestoga Road in Tredyffrin Township is taking shape. The project includes redeveloping a 2.75 acre commercial property into a new 5-story, 193-bed Brightview Life Care Facility with exterior amenities including a street landscaping and lighting, a green roof, rooftop garden and independent living garden. Project Numbers 40,000 sf footprint, total building 182,000 gross sf 99 parking spaces, including covered parking 2 rain gardens Well landscaped with 72 deciduous trees, 47 evergreens trees, 731 shrubs, 405 perennials Stormwater Installation and Observation The existing site was void of all stormwater controls. Through the implementation and util [Read more] 

7 Steps to Clean Up Your Yard and Improve Water Quality

Heather Diemer - Thursday, April 05, 2018
Spring has finally arrived! It seems we have been waiting for spring since the groundhog saw his shadow back in February and predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Who knew he would actually be right and just a little off by predicting only 6 more weeks? It's time to walk out the door, breathe in spring air and start your yard and garden care. Here are some helpful tips to get you started and improve water quality both locally and globally. 1. Pick-Up Pick-up any trash that might have blown in during the plethora of nor’easters we had. Collect and gather fallen leaves, twigs and stray garden cuttings. These are a great addition to your compost pile. By cleaning them up you also keep them from getting washed into the storm syst [Read more] 

Coming Soon to Chester County - A New Comprehensive Plan

Heather Diemer - Tuesday, April 03, 2018
The Chester County Planning Commission is in the process of updating its Countywide Comprehensive Plan. By the end of this year, the new plan, Landscapes3, will replace the current Comprehensive Plan, Landscapes2 (http://www.chescoplanning.org/CompPlan/Ls2Plan.cfm). What is the County Comprehensive Plan and why is it important for what we do? The Comprehensive Plan is a planning document that serves as an important resource for municipalities, developers, design consultants and the residents of Chester County. It establishes a series of development and preservation goals and objectives as well as implementation strategies and guidelines to help achieve them. The Plan is an important tool that helps shape the communities within the County. What are th [Read more] 

No Snow. No Leaves. The Time is Right to Fly Your Site.

Heather Diemer - Monday, March 26, 2018
Schedule your aerial survey now Save money on future survey expenses If you have plans to develop or redevelop a property this year - now is the time to schedule your survey. Once the trees bloom, it's difficult to get accurate topographic information until the leaves drop in late fall. After the snow melts through mid-April is the best time of year for quality, cost-effective aerial photogrammertric photos, mapping and survey. Fly the site now and process the mapping information later. Contact our Survey Department Manager, Jim Aiken, to see if this would be beneficial for your site. Jim Aiken II, PLS, PE Survey Department Manager 610.265.8323 jaiken@navenewell.net [Read more] 

$5.5 Million Holt Center Opens at Holy Ghost Preparatory School

Heather Diemer - Friday, March 23, 2018
For this project, Nave Newell worked with McGillin Architecture to redevelop the former Bound’s Beverage soda and beer distributorship into new 27,000 sf performing arts, athletic and activity center for Holy Ghost Preparatory School. From the Bucks County Courier The Holt Center has a performing arts auditorium, practice gymnasium, music rehearsal room, exercise room and other amenities. A new $5.5 million performing arts, athletic and activities center puts Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem a big step closer to being the area’s premier Catholic prep school, HGP President Gregory Geruson said Friday morning. Speaking before hundreds of students, staffers and visitors at the official opening of the Holt Center, Geruson said the facility wil [Read more] 

Importance of Open/Green Space in Urban Areas

Heather Diemer - Friday, February 16, 2018
By Brian Kelly - Landscape Designer at Nave Newell Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Want to show off your Olympic figure skating skills? In the City of Philadelphia, urban pop-ups + pocket parks like the Blue Cross Riverrink (http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest)and the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park (http://centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/wintergarden/rothman-rink) (FREE in February) are great options. Check out all of the ways urban areas benefit from incorporating green/open spaces like these into their design.  [Read more]