An LLC connected with Byler Holdings seeks to build a warehouse, hotel, and residential housing on the land surrounding the Cornwall quarry, according to a Daily News report.
In May, more than 400 acres of Cornwall Borough property was purchased by Cornwall Properties, an LLC connected with Byler Holdings, owners of Iron Valley Golf Course and numerous other ventures in the area. The properties were purchased for $4,425,000 in a transaction dated May 18 and recorded with the county the next day.
Company president and CEO Jonathan Byler had told LebTown in June that different options for the property were being explored. Now it appears the firm has settled on a plan for the site.
According to the Daily News report, Byler and another company executive, Michael Swank, director of operations for Byler Holdings’ real estate arm, appeared in front of the Cornwall Planning Commission on July 5 to share an engineering plan for the site.
The company is proposing an 800,000-square-foot warehouse on the triangle of land between Route 322 and Boyd Street, which would call for a new intersection at Route 322 – previously a sticking point for the once-envisioned Haines & Kibblehouse mega development on the site. According to the Daily News report, Byler Holdings executives had a meeting scheduled with PennDOT this week regarding the new intersection.
Portions of the H&K plan may still be realized through Byler’s vision for the site. Swank said that in the area south of/southwest of Miner’s Village, the company hopes to build a 125-unit hotel, two apartment buildings with 130 units each, 24 townhouses, 50 duplex homes, and 43 single-family homes, according to the Daily News.
The Daily News quoted planning commission chairman Raymond Fratini as noting that, so long as developers comply with permitted uses in a zoning district, municipalities cannot reject plans without a valid legal reason.
Swank said that construction of the warehouse will begin as soon as possible, pending permits and approvals, according to the report.
As part of LebTown’s Civic Impact Reporting Project, reporter Emily Bixler will attend the next meeting of Cornwall Borough Council on Monday, July 11, where the proposed development may be a topic of further discussion.
Read the full Daily News article here.
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