Public listening to continued for Lou Pektor's industrial proposal in Palmer Township

PALMER TWP., Pa. – The Palmer Township Board of Supervisors neither authorised nor denied Greystone Capital Inc.’s conditional use utility for the development of a 185,000-square-foot industrial-use constructing at 1493 Van Buren Highway.

As an alternative, Tuesday night time’s public listening to was continued till July 5.







The proposed website of Greystone Capital’s industrial-use constructing on Van Buren Highway in Palmer Township.


About an hour into testimony from representatives of developer Greystone Capital, Palmer Township Solicitor Charles Bruno requested for clarification as as to if the plans to which they have been referring had been submitted to the township engineer.

When Lawyer Marc Kaplin, on behalf of Greystone Capital, confirmed the plans weren’t but submitted to the township engineer for overview, the assembly took a flip.

Chairman Jeff Younger expressed instant concern, questioning why the board had plans in entrance of them the township engineer had not reviewed.

Bruno defined the township wanted to supply the applicant with a listening to in a sure timeframe, with the present deadline of Could 31. He additional said the applicant has a proper to a listening to, and the township engineer additionally has a proper to overview the plan.

“We sit right here and pay attention,” Younger mentioned. “All these folks sit right here and pay attention…how can we probably put a movement up after we have not reviewed it?”

Bruno and Kaplin each agreed they weren’t suggesting the board ought to make a movement Tuesday night time. Bruno said the township had no alternative however to begin the listening to course of, and mentioned in some unspecified time in the future within the night he’d suggest the listening to be continued.

Nevertheless, a continuance was anticipated, because the applicant was solely midway carried out with its first witness, with 4 extra to go, and 10 protestors from the viewers able to voice their issues.

Kaplin famous Greystone Capital offered its plans to the township planning fee again in February, which supplied the engineer time to enhance the plans with sufficient further info to produce to the board of supervisors virtually 4 months later.

“The plans are the identical. They have been enhanced,” Kaplin mentioned. “No matter extension of time you want, we’ll be glad to provide you.”

He famous he and the crew have been making an attempt to provide the board a whole image and never “pull a quick one.”

Bruno mentioned the board was at an obstacle with out remark from the township engineer.

Nevertheless, Kaplin mentioned the proof on which the supervisors base their resolution is the proof they hearken to on the listening to.

“It is the developer’s alternative in how we go about doing it,” he mentioned. “We have elected to provide further info from plans we had beforehand submitted.”

Younger famous there may be completely different questions after the township engineer evaluations the plans, as a result of the township didn’t see the plan forward of time for prior overview.

“I have a look at it as losing time,” Younger mentioned in regard to Tuesday’s listening to.

“I used to be considering I’ve a possibility to show my case at this listening to,” Kaplin mentioned. “I’ve dealt with a whole lot, if not 1000’s, of instances like this, and each time I introduce supplies that weren’t submitted with the unique utility.”

“Palmer Township is the place you’re,” mentioned Supervisor Ann-Marie Panella. “I do not care the place you was once.”

Greater than 50 Palmer Township residents within the viewers started to cheer.

Younger mentioned his opinion was to cease the listening to Tuesday night time, and proceed the listening to after the plans have been reviewed.

Whereas Kaplin disagreed, after talking with developer Lou Pektor of Greystone Capital, he reluctantly agreed to a continuance.

Pektor addressed the board, saying his crew wish to return and resubmit the finished, enhanced plans earlier than presenting to the board of supervisors once more.

Greystone Capital’s proposed constructing is positioned on a 15.43-acre lot on the southeast nook of Van Buren Highway and Newlins Mill Highway. The applicant says the constructing will likely be utilized for the manufacturing and meeting of products and provides.

The realm would include 222 parking areas, 16 truck dock areas and eight truck loading areas, in accordance with engineer Tim Diehl of HD Engineering Options Inc.

Lots of the residents within the viewers have been from the Highlands at Glenmoor, a 55-plus neighborhood with 251 houses. Diehl famous the Highlands property wraps across the south and east sides of the proposed new growth, and there will likely be a 150-foot constructing setback from the neighborhood.

Truck visitors could be restricted to Newlins Mill Highway, in accordance with Diehl.

Vehicles would enter and egress by the entry level to the north of the positioning, with sufficient room within the website’s truck turnaround space to permit for a full flip and exit in the identical route. Solely passenger autos will be capable of make the most of the west and south entry level onto Van Buren Highway, Diehl mentioned.

St. Jane’s facility constructing

The board of supervisors unanimously authorised the minor growth plan for St. Jane’s church athletic and gathering facility constructing.

The 17,100-square-foot constructing is proposed for 4049 Hartley Ave. in Palmer Township, and was requested by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown. The athletic and gathering facility will likely be positioned on the 27-acre website on the current St. Jane Frances de Chantel Roman Catholic Church and rectory.

Though the plan was authorised, the builders will likely be topic to sure circumstances, a few of which embrace the request to defer further right-of-way and roadway widening alongside Hartley Avenue and Nulton Avenue, and to supply an 8-foot-wide sidewalk and bike path alongside Hartley Avenue to attach with the Palmer Level property and Maple Shade subdivision.

The supervisors agreed the earlier required situation to put in “no parking” indicators on Hartley and Nulton avenues was not wanted on the time of this approval.

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