DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP
REGULAR MEETING March 21, 2016
The following were in ATTENDANCE:
AUTHORITY MEMBERS TOWNSHIP PERSONNEL
Peddrick Young, Vice Chairman Erin Trone, Township Assistant Manager
John Eby, Secretary Mary Ellen Banks, Recording Secretary
PUBLIC IN ATTENDANCE
Robert Fisher, Triple Crown Corporation
Art Campbell of Campbell Commercial Real Estate, Inc.
Dean Villone, 1500 Thompson Lane (arrived late)
Mary Ellen Banks, Recording Secretary called the meeting of the Lower Allen Township Development Authority to order at 6:08pm and announced Proof of Publication was available for review.
Mr. EBY made a motion to retain the same 2015 officers in 2016 for the Development Authority. Mr. BLACK seconded the motion. Motion carried, 3-0.
At this point, Mrs. Banks turned the meeting over to Vice-Chairman, Mr. Young.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF DECEMBER 21, 2015
Mr. BLACK made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 21, 2015 meeting with one correction; on page 3, staff update, Arcona, should read “redline correction sheet” rather than “redline collection sheet”. Mr. EBY seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
There were no comments from the public.
UPDATE: DRAINAGE EASEMENT ON YETTER COURT PROPERTY FROM R.J. FISHER & ASSOCIATES AND ST. JOHN’S TOWN.
- Representative from Triple Crown Corporation, Mr. Robert Fisher discussed the stormwater management features on the Yetter Court Property with the Authority members; discussion and map review ensued.
- Per Mr. Eby whom summed up what the Development Authority is being asked to do which includes two actions as follows: 1) acknowledge and accept a change in the water flow characteristic from Mr. Fisher’s client’s property and 2) to somehow signify consent to do construction work for stormwater changes on the Development Authority’s property.
- Motion presented by Mr. EBY as follows: #1) to instruct Erin to write a consent letter to Mr. Fisher on behalf of his client accepting the flow characteristics that were discussed and #2) and then authorize construction of revision to the presented concept whereby an inlet, possibly some berming and redirection of the flow via a pipe to stormwater facilities on the north side of the boulevard subject to the township engineer’s approval. Mr. BLACK seconded the motion. Motion carried, 3-0.
ACTION: LEASE RENEWAL FOR ESI
Mrs. Trone reviewed the ESI new lease for two (2) years @ $2,841.09 per month which does include an increase. Mr. BLACK made a motion to approve an extension of this lease for ESI effective March 21, 2016. Mr. EBY seconded the motion. Motion carried, 3-0.
REMINDER: ETHICS FORMS DUE MAY 15TH
- Arcona – Mr. Eby explained the Commissioners conditionally approved 1.5 revisions; 1.5 is part of the first Phase of Highpoint, but it is on generally the northwest side of Arcona Road from what development has already occurred. They gave the impression to Dan and John that any day now they will be getting the recordable plan sent in and Dan will check off all the contingencies. They are not quite as far along on phases 2.1 and 2.2 which were also conditionally approved by the Commissioners; John does not think they are quite ready but the action of the board allowed for a settlement to occur which will allow financing to occur and that should be under way. With 1.5 we will expect the beginning of construction of Strong Road which will come off Arcona Road and head generally north and sweep east to connect with Rossmoyne Road. Concerning transportation, 1) our Township Commissioners and Upper Allen Commissioners have begun review of a request for a possible turn-back of Arcona Road from Winding Hill Road to Lisburn Road and this will receive further staff and Commissioners review and 2) Certain requirements and steps to facilitate construction of the first two (2) roundabouts will occur this year; Dan does not expect actual construction until 2017 and that will be at Arcona/Lisburn and Rossmoyne/Lisburn.
- ART CAMPBELL OF CAMPBELL COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE RE: 1993 HUMMEL AVENUE:
- Campbell updated the Development Authority on the status of the tenants in the building.
- He explained the Edge Church whose lease is up in April told him things are going well for them and the congregation is growing; however, they probably will not outgrow this space for about two to three years.
- He also explained Respect Ambulance whom the Authority had decreased their rent last year since they couldn’t afford the rent at the time informed him if the rent goes back up, they will be looking to leave in September; they are definitely not a long-term lease.
- Campbell discussed the Parking area across the street from 1993 Hummel Avenue.
- Since he has been an advocate of parking across the street from the building Mr. Campbell explained he has talked with the owner of CES Environmental who has about four (4) vehicles on the site and also talked with Henry Transmissions; both companies indicated the landlord informed them they could park anywhere they wanted. The transmission company did say they only used the lot for overflow; CES would be interested in leasing and Dawson Flinchbaugh also would be interested in leasing. Mr. Campbell explained he did not think the Authority would be interested in renting out individual spaces; however, if someone would be interested in renting the complete lot and they could then handle the leases would be the ideal situation and could easily bring in $500-600 a month. Mr. Campbell stated a license agreement is preferable rather than a lease agreement subject to ordinances and stating license/lease by tax parcel #’s. Discussion ensued.
- Flinchbaugh would like to go thru the building again also.
- Board gives direction to Mr. Campbell to pursue the license or lease concept for the parking area and bring back any proposals to the Development Authority.
NEXT MEETING OF THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
The next meeting of the Development Authority is scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2016 at 6:00pm
Mr. EBY made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. BLACK seconded the motion. Motion carried, 3-0. Meeting adjourned at 7:12pm.