DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP
REGULAR MEETING APRIL 16, 2018
The following were in ATTENDANCE:
AUTHORITY MEMBERS TOWNSHIP PERSONNEL
Max Stoner, Chairman Erin Trone, Township Assistant Manager
Peddrick Young, Vice Chairman Mary Ellen Banks, Recording Secretary
John Eby, Secretary
Salvatore F. Marone, Treasurer
PUBLIC IN ATTENDANCE
Max Stoner, Chairman called the meeting of the Lower Allen Township Development Authority to order at 6:01pm and announced Proof of Publication was available for review.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JANUARY 15, 2018
Mr. EBY made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 15, 2018 meeting. Mr. YOUNG seconded the motion. Motion carried, 3-0 with Mr. Stoner abstaining since he was not present.
PUBLIC COMMENT: There were no comments from the public.
DISCUSSION: ETHICS FORMS
Reminder: Ethics Forms are due May 1st.
DISCUSSION AND ACTION: APPROVAL TO SIGN AND FILE 2017 990 FORM
Mrs. Trone explained last year an accounting firm completed this form. After calling and getting a quote of $500 to complete, she suggests completing in-house by Mr. Grove and herself. This is due May 15th; therefore, she will file an extension so it can be signed at next month’s Authority meeting. The Board agrees.
DISCUSSION: ZONING HEARING BOARD DOCKET #2018-01
Mrs. Trone discussed the White Pines property with frontage on Route 15 was seeking relief from height variance; they would like to build a hotel there and wanted to increase to four stories; asked for 46’; Erin went as Development Authority representative to provide testimony saying we would support that if there are other buildings in the area that are over that height so as to not be out of character. Mr. Eby then added the township solicitor was authorized to participate to request a reasonable condition – that being that the owners remove conditions of blight from the property and not keep waiting. The owners agreed to condition 1, the stipulation that the owners will regularly monitor and maintain the security of the building to prevent access of unauthorized persons since they had been sited prior for not doing so. They agreed to do that in the future. Condition two was that there are some dilapidated out- buildings, brush and debris and they agreed to take care of those within thirty (30) days and condition 3 was within six months of this decision, they will remove the building.
Mr. Marone entered the meeting at this point.
DISCUSSION: YETTER COURT PROPERTY
Mrs. Trone explained there has not been much activity on this since we decided on pricing. It was listed for $770,000. She provided a mark-up of the sign that the staff put together to be posted and it is listed on Cumberland County Property site. She did have a meeting with the Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation. She explained we shared with them the appraisal for the property. Mr. Eby explained the Cumberland County Development Authority may be interested in partnering with Lower Allen Township once we get some working capital. They are eager to work with us on other projects. Discussion ensued on various projects.
- Phase Arcona 2.1 and 2.2 – this is the strand apartment phase of Arcona. It is 282 multi-family dwellings; 13 apartment buildings, a community building with a pool and a maintenance building; therefore 15 total buildings. That pad site has been engineered and 2 apartment foundations are in so they are working on site utilities, plumbing and so forth. The 2.3 (found out last week in an email) is Chelsea which is the phase that wraps around the village green where the farm house and barn was on Arcona Road. This is 98 attached single family dwellings some are 2, 3, 4 or 5, 6 units. That is basically a townhouse village with cobble stone streets. There is one building with approved permits with footing and foundations with work started and another with permit issued, but not started. Just now putting in sewer and water so permits are being issued with the condition that they have the right to start the construction under the municipalities’ planning code without the info-structure being built because they have secured agreements for the construction; however, then we reserve the right to issue any certificates of occupancy; so they may have an apartment building or a townhouse building finished and have to wait until fire hydrants and public water and sewer are finished before they can be occupied. There are three commercial buildings also incorporated with the 98 attached single family dwellings which will be to the left of the village green. One has been promoted as a brew pub potentially and two other small buildings.
- Cliff’s Tavern – where the old Gullifty’s was in Cedar Cliff Mall had a soft opening last week after getting them their certificate of occupancy for upstairs; however not for the downstairs because there is a significant amount of building sewer replacement. This is being readied now for occupancy.
- Starbucks – located at the front of this complex; site prep is underway and they started footings.
- PA American Water – they had an impressive 18 hour concrete marathon where they poured not just a floor slab, but a structural floor, 12/14” deep with reinforcement in it. This was designed so it is structurally independent of what is underneath it. Steel started being placed last week.
- Dave and Busters – they are about done with the shell on the bump-out and raising the roof. Completion date is months out.
- World Energy –they had difficulty with DEP certifying their above ground storage tanks. We are meeting with them tomorrow because they are going to remove these tanks and put in welded ones.
- Round-abouts. Mr. Eby explained they are two different processes because one is Penn-Dot HOP (Highway Occupancy Permit) and one is a Charter HOP. They should be starting on both this summer so look for interesting traffic patterns. Which is why Strong Road going by the back side of Chelsea and thru the front side of strand apartments needs to get done. This would be helpful to work that traffic around the construction zones of these two round-abouts.
Mr. Marone inquired how the “old building” is doing. Mrs. Trone explained the payments are being made. They put in a new heating system and made other updates. The balloon payment will be due in four (4) years.
NEXT MEETING OF THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
The next meeting of the Development Authority is scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:00pm.
Mr. EBY made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. MARONE seconded the motion. Motion carried, 5-0. Meeting adjourned at 6:29pm.