Arbor Knoll’s Porter Floorplan Wins 2019 Synergy Award from area Homebuilders Associations

On April 11, 2019, at its annual Synergy Awards for excellence, the Homebuilders Associations of Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties awarded Arbor Knoll’s Porter II floor plan the best multifamily floor plan for its size category. At nearly 1700 s.f., the Porter II townhome offers tremendous value for the money.

The innovative back-to-back design has a tandem two car garage tucked beneath the home. The resulting higher density keeps costs down and prices more affordable. All 34 homes at Arbor Knoll are affordably priced for the market, which, coupled with attractive financing for first time homebuyers have resulted in the entire community being nearly sold out in less than a year. Despite its complex design, a great deal of natural light floods the living spaces through oversized ceilings and tall windows with transoms. As a result, the home feels very private despite its being situated between two other homes and in back of a third home. Extensive sound mitigation construction details ensure maximum privacy. Outdoor living spaces are provided by both a spacious balcony off the living level plus a huge roof deck. The top floor bedroom can flex as a man-cave or family room and its optional bathroom has been purchased by most homebuyers. The Porter II’s 4 story vertical design offers the millennial buyer the privacy of a townhome with extensive living space in 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The stairs do not seem to bother this young buyer. The majority purchasing this value-packed plan have a young child or are starting their families. As a result, this is the perfect entry level starter home for a growing family. “We are so gratified that over 90 percent of the homes sold at Arbor Knoll are to first time homebuyers,” says Sarah Peck, President of the company developing Arbor Knoll. “And most households earn less than 120% of the county’s median income. It is rare to find well built, new construction homes in this location at such an affordable price point” All homes at Arbor Knoll are now sold. The decorated model home is now available for sale. Visit for details.

Sarah Peck Receives Citizen Planner Award from Chester County 2020

Sarah Peck received the Chester County 2020 Citizen Planner Award on April 25 2019. The non profit organization promotes managed growth and preservation of open space through education and dialogue between Cuonty’s civic, business and political leaders. Pictured above: Dorothy Ives Dewey, Chester County 2020 board member,  David Ward, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Sarah Peck, Judy DiFilippo, Chester County 2020 board member and Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone.

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Peck, Ward to receive 2020 Citizen Planner award

MALVERN—Chester County 2020 will honor Sarah Peck, principal of Progressive New Homes and David Ward, former assistant director of the Chester County Planning Commission, during the organization’s annual reception on April 25.

“Chester County is blessed to have excellent professionals planning for our county’s growth and future,” said John B. Hannum, Jr., Chairman of Chester County 2020. “This year our organization is honoring two outstanding planners, Sarah and David.”

Peck is being given the Citizen Planner award of 2019. She is a recognized expert on infill housing development and the concept’s growing acceptance in suburban communities. Peck is a former CEO of Rouse/Chamberlin Homes of Exton and co-founder of the Housing Partnership of Chester County.

Peck was named “National Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder Magazine and has served as adjunct professor of West Chester University. Progressive New Homes builds progressive, affordably-priced homes in Chester and Montgomery counties.

Ward is being given the organization’s Lifetime Achievement award. He has been involved in planning for more than 40 years and retired in 2018 from Chester County’s Planning Commission. Ward played a key role in developing the county’s award-winning Landscapes program and managed the first revision of the plan, Landscapes 2.

Ward worked tirelessly with county municipalities during his tenure with Chester County and will continue to serve as an instructor and board member of the PA Municipal Education Institute.

The reception will take place on April 25 at the Chester Valley Golf Club, 430 Swedesford Road, Malvern. A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the program will start at 7:00 p.m. For a ticket, send a check for $85 to CC2020, P. O. Box 321 Lyndell, PA 19343. To register online, go to and visit the Secure Registration in the organization’s safe shopping section. The online registration fee is $88. For questions, call 484-680-5570 or email

The master of ceremonies for the event will be Ken Knickerbocker, publisher of American Community Journals, a network that includes VISTA.Today. He is a former Chester County2020 board member and a prior member of Parkesburg Borough Council.

Chester County 2020 is a non-profit organization helping to create livable communities by bringing people together to find common ground and then working to transform dialogue into action. For more information, see

Norristown council members and administration and Montgomery County Commissioners take part in the ribbon cutting for Arbor Knoll.

Arbor Knoll, created on the heels of the highly successful Arbor Heights and Arbor Mews communities, plays an integral role in transforming Norristown into a thriving and desirable neighborhood in which to live, work, and play. Gathered for a ribbon-cutting at Arbor Knoll on Wednesday are, from left, Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence, Rep. Tim Briggs (D-149th Dist.), developer Sarah Peck, Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, Municipal Administrator Crandall Jones, and Norristown Municipal Council member Valerie Scott Cooper. Missing from photo is Council president Sonya Sanders.