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Source: Springfield Sun
Date: August 15, 2002
Byline: Joe Barron

Black Horse application denied as deadline passes

In the absence of a request from Hampton Real Estate Group to extend a deadline for revised plans, Springfield commissioners voted Aug. 14 to deny the company's land development application for the property on Bethlehem Pike that includes the Black Horse Inn.

In practical terms, the vote could have no effect on Hampton's plans for the Black Horse.

Hampton submitted plans to the planning commission in February showing a CVS pharmacy and an expanded liquor store with offices on the second floor.

The plan involved relocating the historic inn to a plot of ground behind the pharmacy.

The planning commission and township engineer asked for revisions to the plan to bring it into compliance with township regulations. Hampton repeatedly asked for 90-day extensions on the deadline for the revised plans. This week, a deadline passed without a request from the developer, leaving the board of commissioners no choice but to deny the application, according to Township Solicitor James Garrity.

The vote meant Hampton would have to resubmit its land deveopment application.

"It may result in hardly any delay at all," Garrity said.