Infinity Charter School is gearing up to relocate to a property at 5405 Locust Lane (map), which is just west of ABC bowling center. School officials are working with Lower Paxton Township to obtain approval to remodel and expand the existing building that previously housed a health food store and more recently a Hindu temple. The school, currently located in Penbrook, has about 250 students and 30 staff members.
Lower Paxton supervisors last week delayed voting on the plan because state transportation officials might require a flashing school sign on Locust Lane at the school site. Citizens can comment on the proposed project prior to the supervisors deciding whether to grant final approval during their next business meeting on Oct. 4.
Officials are concerned the location of the school’s entrance and exit driveways could cause problems with residents turning onto Locust Lane from Rosewood Drive, which intersects Locust Lane directly across from the proposed school site. Over 100 vehicles, including more than 20 buses, are expected to enter and exit the campus every morning and afternoon that the school is in session.
Members of the township’s Planning Commission also had concerns about traffic when they reviewed the plan. Their recommendation for the supervisors to approve the plan included a condition for school officials to seek permission from the state to post school zone signs on Locust Lane.
Infinity is an independent public school located in Central Dauphin School District and is funded with school tax dollars from home districts of its students. It serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Watson Fisher with Stray Winds Area Neighbors contributed to this report.
Post updated to describe possible traffic signal on Locust Lane as a flashing school signal.