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Press photos by Paul CmilLongevity Coatings is seeking an expansion at its commercial facility at 6047 Adams Lane. Press photos by Paul CmilLongevity Coatings is seeking an expansion at its commercial facility at 6047 Adams Lane.
The entrance to Longevity Coatings is to the left off Adams Lane. The entrance to Longevity Coatings is to the left off Adams Lane.

E. Allen board approves plan for Longevity Coatings growth

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

The owner and founder of Longevity Coatings, Mark Purington, came to East Allen Township last year with a request to expand his commercial facility at 6047 Adams Lane. Two issues arose.

The first was that the expansion would increase impervious coverage beyond the limits of the zoning ordinance. The second regarded an alternate location for the septic system, following new Department of Environmental Protection regulations.

Purington appealed his problems to the zoning hearing board and received authorization to proceed with the expansion with some reconfiguring to allow less impervious coverage.

He was back in front of the supervisors Jan. 23 to address reported vagueness in the zoning hearing board’s letter. The hearing board allowed the variances and acknowledged the septic system would impact Adams Lane.

The new septic system would not have the required 100-foot separation between the well and a new system. Reportedly, the letter implied a variance would be given.

The 100-foot separation between a well and the septic system was established decades ago. Systems have improved dramatically. It is not unusual for a variance to be waived.

Purington wanted more assurance that after he made a commitment to expand his building, he would not be locked out in the future.

Solicitor Joseph Piperato reviewed the document and could understand the confusion on the comment. Supervisors gave Purington a confirming letter.