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Giant Food complex gets new approvals in Ephrata Township

by thiryj
Originally Published Aug 09, 2012 22:20





According to developers, by the end of August passers-by hopefully will be able to witness the demolition-related groundbreaking of the Ephrata Giant Food project on East Main Street.

Ephrata GF’s latest land-development plans received approval at an Ephrata Township supervisors meeting Tuesday.

The approvals settled bureaucratic issues dealing with financial security, stormwater management and a 90-day extension to file the developer’s final plans.

In related news, supervisors also approved a waiver regarding land-development plan processing for John Reiff, owner of A&J Auto Sales and several neighboring properties west of the access road along Route 322 at Pleasant Valley Road.

The Reiff property is on the northwest corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Route 322, where a new traffic signal will be installed by Ephrata GF.

“As part of the new traffic signal, Reiff’s access points onto Route 322 had to be changed,” township manager Steve Sawyer said in an email. “Several of Reiff’s existing access drives onto Route 322 will be closed and a new access drive will be created.”

As part of the construction, a new private access drive from the rear of the property will be added. The new access drive will allow access onto Route 322 and the Ephrata GF access drive, which will permit Reiff’s traffic to use the newly signalized intersection.

Supervisors expressed concern regarding road maintenance, but Ephrata GF developers agreed at the meeting to supply signage prohibiting large truck or through traffic on the private drive.

In addition, the house adjacent to the auto sales property will be demolished and the car lot expanded.

In other news:

•Ephrata police Chief Bill Harvey presented supervisors with the Ephrata Borough false alarm schedule of fees. First alarm is no cost to residents. The second alarm will be $50, the third alarm $75 and the fourth alarm $100. All subsequent false alarms will be $300.

•Autumn Hills contractor Gerry Horst requested to reverse Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the company’s development plan on North State Street. Because Phase 2 would require backfill provided by Phase 3, Horst thought it would be best to reverse the phases.

Supervisors wanted to know the time frame for the improvements to the Schoeneck Road intersection. Horst pledged to complete the required improvements after a highway occupancy permit was obtained from PennDOT. However, Horst was apprehensive about pausing further development until the HOP was received.

“I don’t want to be held hostage by PennDOT,” Horst said.

Supervisors voted to allow Phase 3 to begin development.


Courtesy of Lancaster Online

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