Downingtown Borough, Chester County, PA

This project is a 17-acre multifamily residential community with three buildings for 233 apartments and covered garage parking. The team held a charrette to develop a creative approach and design to attract tenants with modern site amenities while also balancing the historic appeal of Downingtown Borough.

The site poses several challenges including steep topography, existing flooding issues, sanitary sewer limitations, and limestone geology in a sinkhole prone area. Nave Newell engineers evaluated the use of a dry dam to alleviate existing flooding within the borough; however, issues with property rights required us to find an alternative. In lieu of the dry dam, we’re completing several repair and replacement items along the stream corridor as well as holding some water onsite and implementing a capture and reuse system to for site irrigation. The project will require a Joint Permit from PA DEP as well as a significant PennDOT HOP permit for widening along Lancaster Ave. (Route 30) and Woodbine Road.

To achieve the results of a premier, luxury apartment community, our landscape architects created a design to include a landscaped pool area with an outdoor kitchen, various seating areas and pergolas; a pedestrian boardwalk leading to a pavilion and on-site park; and a walking trail throughout the site. The project received Master Plan Approval from the Borough and is currently progressing through the land development approval and third party permitting process.