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E. Allen supervisors OK start of senior living project

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Some plans need to be finalized, but board allows Toll Brothers to begin

Toll Brothers’ senior living project, dubbed Regency at the Creekside, appeared on the agenda for the Aug. 23 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting. The project had already received approvals from all the various entities but has not started.

Toll Brothers representatives asked the supervisors to allow them to get the project started while plans were worked out.

According to township Engineer James Milot, the township is waiting for corrections on details and confirmations from various other agencies.

“It is not unusual that some of these confirmations are delayed, but Toll Brothers wishes to get started on the project,” he said.

Toll Brothers asked supervisors to allow the company to begin building infrastructure, which would involve earth-moving equipment.

In April, Attorney Kate Durso, who represents Toll Brothers, indicated the developers wanted to start the project in the fall. At this point, it appears the only holdups are administrative.

Solicitor Joseph Piperato prepared a detailed agreement that included performance bonds and a “hold harmless” clause.

Piperato said he indicated the developer can remove the barn and the house on the property and start infrastructure improvements.

Chairman Roger Unangst expressed his concern over the lack of completed plans but was assured by Milot that all incomplete details were minor.

Supervisors approved the measure, which allows the developer to proceed.

In a related venture, Attorney James Preston asked supervisors for an extension for the warehouse project on the corner of Airport Road and Route 329, known as Airport Road Lot 1. The project was delayed due to various legal settlements, one of which was the height of the building. The township opposed raising the height but ultimately lost the battle in court. Because of necessary machinery, conveyors and cost-effective storage needed for e-commerce applications, warehouses now carry a standard height of 40 feet. The height of the warehouses has increased from a 32-foot standard a decade ago. The township ordinance restricts building height to 35 feet.

Preston asked supervisors to extend the developer’s permit for one year. An extension was granted to November 2019.

Permit requests for lots 18 and 19 in the Hanover Oaks development were denied until an investigation is completed on potential sinkholes.

“Those two lots were used to store on-site soils. The ground was not reviewed for sinkholes,” Milot said.

The project has existing complaints on underground soils.

Supervisors approved Allied Personnel Services to hire temporary employees to fill open positions.