The Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation was formed in 2000 primarily to initiate a “Main Street” program spanning the commercial and industrial districts of both Newtown Borough and Newtown Township.  The Borough and the Township want to ensure that their shared historical significance is protected and enhanced.  This Bucks County Pennsylvania community, part of the William Penn land grant, dates to 1683 and encompasses historic districts and places, and significant colonial structures.

The objectives for our town center include preservation, accessibility, diversity, vibrancy, and beauty.  There is no intention to create a “downtown mall,” but to retain the unique qualities of the downtown area and nurture the complementary use of land in the township and borough. 

In addition to protecting older structures within the historic districts, there is an opportunity to guarantee the integrity of the districts by encouraging appropriate development of under-utilized properties.  We will encourage that new construction within the historic districts be compatible with and complimentary to historic structures.  

The JDNC has supported and aided in the preservation and rehabilitation of the Chancellor (School) Center, a 130 year-old schoolhouse that now houses the Council Rock School District administration and has brought 56 jobs to the downtown area.  The further development of retail establishments with a residential element will also enhance the vitality and availability of the downtown area as a place to work and live.


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