While my wife and I were driving past the new Stone Mill at Huntingdon Valley development being built by Toll Brothers on Byberry Road in Lower Moreland recently, she asked a pretty good question.
What was that giant hill doing in the middle of the construction site?
They certainly were not building a ski slope for use by the homeowners.
As you can see by the accompanying photo, the hill dominated the development, the future home of 60 houses, but the hill won’t be there forever.
When doing site preparation work, a layer of topsoil is scraped off the land and deposited elsewhere in the development. They store the dirt up, not out, hence its height. Since that topsoil is usually the best soil for growing grass and other greenery around the development to make it look homier, the soil is saved for the final phase of construction.
When the house is completed, the topsoil that was scraped off and saved in the hill is returned to the home site, graded, raked, seeded and planted. It’s just a matter of time before it’s green again.
One item of note. Getting to this particular development will get a little tricky because of work on a bridge beginning Monday, April 1. The bridge is located on Byberry Road just east of Pioneer Road. Detour signs are posted.
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