Fi­nal plans for se­nior apart­ments ap­proved

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Ryan Gen­ova

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Roiz­man De­vel­op­ment Inc. came be­fore bor­ough coun­cil Oct. 24 to ask for fi­nal ap­proval for a fi­nal land de­vel­op­ment agree­ment re­gard­ing a forth­com­ing age-re­stricted apart­ment com­plex at 610 Sum­mit Ave.

Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously in fa­vor of ap­prov­ing the agree­ment. Of­fi­cials said the next hurdle for coun­cil and Roiz­man will be the prepa­ra­tion of agree­ments, though that evening rep­re­sented the last meet­ing be­tween the two en­ti­ties. Should all go well, the de­vel­oper hopes to break ground by next spring.

“Now that the land de­vel­op­ment is so­lid­i­fied, Roiz­man needs to pro­vide fi­nan­cial agree­ment for es­crows, and he still needs sewer ap­proval through the Depart­ment of

En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion,” Bor­ough Man­ager Ge­orge Locke said. “He’s also work­ing on his de­mo­li­tion per­mit, and we ex­pect that pretty soon.”

Con­cerns an­tic­i­pated by coun­cil in­cluded a traf­fic in­crease af­ter the apart­ment com­plex opens its doors.

“Once the build­ing is oc­cu­pied, we’d like to com­mis­sion a traf­fic study,” coun­cil Pres­i­dent De­borra Sines-Pan­coe said. “We’re con­cerned about the in­ter­sec­tion of York Road and Sum­mit Av­enue.”

Traf­fic engi­neers on be­half of the bor­ough and Roiz­man De­vel­op­ment cur­rently es­ti­mate 30 trips dur­ing peak traf­fic hours at the York Road and Sum­mit Av­enue in­ter­sec­tion. The trips es­ti­mate in­cludes “both in and out of the apart­ment com­plex,” Locke said.

The Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion caps the in­ter­sec­tion’s al­low­able trips at 100.

“If the num­bers ex­ceed PennDOT’s cri­te­ria, Roiz­man has agreed to per­form an official traf­fic study within six months of the build­ing’s oc­cu­pa­tion,” Locke said. “That said, the es­ti­mates are well be­low what would ne­ces­si­tate PennDOT hav­ing to do that.”

The build­ing, which was pre­vi­ously owned by Salem Bap­tist Church, was sched­uled to go to set­tle­ment on Oct. 31, of­fi­cials said.

“There are a lot of steps re­main­ing,” Sines-Pan­coe said.

In other mat­ters, the Jenk­in­town Com­mu­nity Al­liance, a vol­un­teer­driven non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, pro­posed the year-round il­lu­mi­na­tion of five trees in the town square.

“The JCA has made a com­mu­nity-minded do­na­tion. I think it’s a lovely way to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity,” coun­cil mem­ber Kieran Fer­rell said. “They want the lights in­stalled prior to Thanks­giv­ing. The lights will match the ex­ist­ing Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions.”

Coun­cil ac­cepted the pro­posal, with the lights’ hours of op­er­a­tions to be de­cided.

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