The North Lebanon Township Board of Supervisors recently gave approval to a development plan submitted by Zimmerman Family Properties for the construction of a 26,400-square-foot warehouse.
It’s on a 7-acre parcel on the north side of East Cumberland Street next to the Green Acres Mobile Home Park and across from 84 Lumber.
Robert Gearhart Jr. of Matthew and Hockley Associates told the board that the rear part of the building, which will lie in an area zoned “Industrial”, will be used to store wholesale auto parts. The front part of the building, which will be situated in a “Commercial” zoning area, will be used for office space.
Gearhart said the Zimmerman Family owns Zimmey’s Diesel on Route 322 and Zimmey’s Auto Parts on Heidelberg Avenue in Schaefferstown. He said the family will continue to operate the Route 322 location in addition to the new Route 422 location.
The plans submitted to the township show a possible future use of part of the seven acres as a retail store and parking lot.
Gearhart said that was placed on the drawing so that stormwater run-off calculations could be made for the on-site storm water management system, but the board was only approving the warehouse and office space and accompanying parking.
He also said PennDOT required, after its review of the plans, that the entrance driveway be moved to a location directly across from the 84 Lumber driveway.
He said the warehouse will be used to stock parts that will be delivered to automobile dealers and repair shops but there will not be a retail parts outlet at the location.
The supervisors also gave their approval to a plan for Phase 3 of the Crossings at Sweetbriar 55+ community along Mount Zion Road.
The third phase of the Landmark Homes development will add 28 single-family dwellings to the 173 lots previously approved and developed. Township manager Cheri Grumbine said a letter was received from the Lebanon County Planning Department recommending approval of the development plan.
Also at the meeting, township resident William Smeltzer told the board he looked at the plans for a proposed apartment development called Briar Ridge Commons, which would be built at the intersection of Kimmerlings Road and North Eighth Avenue.
He said the developer is requesting several special exceptions from the township zoning ordinance and numerous zoning variances. The exceptions being requested, in particular those relating to the number of residential units in each building and the number of parking spaces for the development, are significantly different from the zoning ordinance.
Smeltzer recommended a representative of the township attend the zoning board hearing for the proposed development. Board chairman Dick Miller volunteered to attend on behalf of the township.
In other business
Supervisor and roads superintendent Ed Brensinger reported that three of the four paving projects planned for 2020 have been completed. A new base and wearing surface was done on Poplar Lane, a new wearing surface was placed on a section of 8th Avenue from 7th Street to Marcon Drive, and a new surface was added to Quarry Road from Grace Avenue to the township line. He said paving work on Old Ebenezer Road on both sides of Route 72 will be done soon.
Also at the meeting:
- -Grumbine reported that revenue from received Earned Income Tax was 2.2 percent higher this year than it was last year at the same time.
- -The board approved the hiring of Heather Wenrich as a full-time receptionist and David Leid for a full-time position in the parks and recreation department