For its townhome development in a dense Philadelphia suburb, Rockwell Custom switched to a propane community system when natural gas fees threatened to scuttle the project.
By Jeffrey Lee
It’s not often that developers happen upon clear land in a densely populated inner suburb.
So when Rockwell Custom had the opportunity to develop a small, wooded plot in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, just seven miles from the city center of Philadelphia, the developer jumped on it. The land, owned by a large cemetery, had been used for years to dump the cemetery’s grass clippings, but the owners were finally ready to sell.
The land was an ideal spot to build 24 new townhomes that would face virtually no new-construction competition. Dubbed Creekside at Llanerch, the community would bring a short commute and modern features such as open floorplans, large closets, two-car garages, and new appliances to a neighborhood filled with older resale properties.
There was just one hitch: It was too expensive to bring in natural gas….