Park N Shop vote Monday
Council to decide on proposed apartments
After nearly two years of discussion, the fate of a proposal to build apartments at the Park N Shop will be decided by city council on Monday.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at city hall, 220 S. Main St.
DSM Commercial is seeking to demolish the shuttered M&T Bank building at the corner of South Main Street and Apple Road and replace it with a threestory building containing 10,600 square feet of retail space on the first floor and 12 apartments on the second and third floors. There would be 10 four-bedroom apartments and two twobedroom apartments for a total of 44 bedrooms.
Most of the existing, recently renovated retail space at the shopping center would remain, though plans call for demolishing 6,400 square feet of the western-most portion of the building – which Park N Shop Liquors occupied before it moved elsewhere in the shopping center – to provide more parking and create an end-cap unit.
Last month, the planning commission unanimously recommended council approve DSM’s request to divide the property into two parcels and rezone the 1.13-acre parcel containing the new mixed-use building from general business to central business district, as well as approve a comprehensive plan amendment, major subdivision and a special-use permit. However, council is not required to follow the planning commission’s recommendation.
If approved, the $5 million project is slated to be completed by spring 2019.
No tenants for the retail space have been announced, but DSM officials have said they want to attract “community-type amenities” to the proposed retail space as well as the three existing vacancies. Such businesses could include a coffee shop, an icecream shop or a restaurant, they said.
DSM purchased the 5-acre shopping center in 2014 – after the previous owner abandoned a highly controversial proposal to replace the bank building with a Wawa gas station – and held two community meetings to gain feedback from neighbors before coming to the planning commission.
The plan originally called for a drive-thru coffee shop, but DSM eliminated that after many residents voiced concerns about increased traffic and noise from the speaker. Still, several residents have continued to express concerns, particularly about the apartments.
An artist’s rendering shows how the proposed mixed-use project at the Park N Shop would look from Apple Road.