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At Monday’s meeting, the North Lebanon Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a preliminary/final land development plan for 2203 W. Cumberland St.
The former location of Santander Bank will be updated to hold three tenants: Jersey Mike’s, Starbucks, and Verizon.
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In addition to some on-site parking, the owner of the property, Matrice LLC, has negotiated an easement for 25 parking spaces in the Lebanon Valley Mall lot. One of those spaces will be used for a new crosswalk for the safety of pedestrians.
The property will be accessed solely from mall roads, and an agreement has been reached with the mall allowing right of way.
Much of the area surrounding the building will be used for a drive-through, containing up to 16 cars, for Starbucks.
Supervisors voiced concerns regarding the traffic within the property, as well as concerns that the mall parking may be difficult to identify.
The supervisors present unanimously agreed to approve the plan and two waivers, contingent on receiving the executed developer’s agreement and escrow, the financial security of $311,595.15, and executed access and parking agreements.
They also unanimously approved the sewage facilities planning module, as recommended by the NLTMA.
Both township engineer Steve Sherk and the Planning Commission recommended approval of the plan.
In other news, supervisors:
- Unanimously agreed to make a $25,000 donation to Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails for a continuation of their trails through the township. This donation comes out of the “Fees in Lieu” fund, which is spent exclusively on recreation in the township.
- Heard a complaint about noise on Prescott Drive, which was brought up in a previous meeting. Township manager Cheri Grumbine said that a notice of violation for working on the property has been sent and that further action may need to be taken, and Chief of Police Tim Knight urged the complainants to call the police to investigate while the noise is happening.
- Unanimously approved the use of the Lion’s Lake parking lot for an Ebenezer Beautification Committee BBQ fundraiser Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Heard that two items, a four-person metal glider swing and an Epson Power Lite 1761W LCD projector, were sold on municibid for $410 and $122 respectively.
- Set a public hearing Jan. 6 for a zoning amendment request from Escambia Properties LLC for 1675 and 1677 Grace Avenue to be rezoned from rural residential to low-density residential.
- Gave an update regarding the Lenni Lenape Park trail project, saying that the township now plans to pave it in-house. They hope to complete it by winter, but the project may spill over into next year.
- Unanimously approved the submission of the 2023 Safety Grant application to Benecon, requesting $1,500 in grant monies.
- Heard that recycling coordinator Bonnie Grumbine submitted the 904 Recycling Performance Grant for 2021.
- Unanimously approved a tree dedication at Lenni Lenape Park.
- Unanimously approved the minutes (PDF) for their July 18 meeting, as well as payroll, fund balances and payment of invoices.
- Heard the police report, which noted that there were 592 calls in July and a total of 3,899 from the beginning of the year until July.
North Lebanon supervisors meet at the township municipal building the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be held Sept. 19. The meetings are open to the public and do not require prior registration.
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