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Planned Rt. 39 shopping plaza takes step forward

By Bill Bostic

Forest Hills Commons, a proposed shopping plaza behind the Sheetz store at the intersection of Linglestown and Colonial roads, was advanced by Lower Paxton’s Planning Commission to the Board of Supervisors for review and a final vote. Commission members unanimously voted to recommend approval of the plan Wednesday night.

If approved by the supervisors, the plan calls for about 70,000 square feet of retail space on a 13-acre tract. The neighborhood plaza could attract two or three restaurants, a bank branch and a mix of other offerings. No fast-food restaurants or discount retailers are planned, said the developer, Eric Kessler of Vanguard Realty Group.

Prior to the vote, local activist Eric Epstein said there are outstanding informational items on environmental issues and some open question on the findings of a traffic impact study submitted by Kessler, who is a Lower Paxton resident. Epstein, who heads up a local watchdog group called SWAN, said he and SWAN weren’t in a position to endorse or oppose the plan until Kessler provides the requested information.

Epstein went on to thank Kessler for willingly meeting two times to discuss his project with SWAN members. Kessler also attended a town hall meeting sponsored by Linglestown Gazette on Forest Hills Commons and the planned retirement-style community at Blue Ridge Country Club. “This cooperation sets a new paradigm moving forward,” said Epstein.

Also, Linglestown resident Bill Bostic asked township officials to consider asking Kessler to make a contribution toward future improvements on Colonial Road at entrances to the Weis store and proposed plaza. The nature of the entrances could significantly change when the tract located between Weis and Dunkin’ Donuts to the east is developed, Bostic said.

The issues raised by Epstein and Bostic could be addressed during the supervisors’ review of the Forest Hills Commons proposal.

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Blue Ridge town hall set for Monday, June 12

SAVE THE DATES – Town hall meeting on plan to transform Blue Ridge Country Club into a retirement-style housing community with almost 350 units will be held this Monday, June 12 at Spring Gate in the Village, which is the former church located across from St. Thomas Roasters coffeehouse in Linglestown. The event will promptly start at 7 pm.

The town hall is especially for citizens who have no idea how government goes about approving or rejecting proposals like the one local developer Triple Crown Corporation needs to move forward with the Blue Ridge project.

Ironically, the Lower Paxton supervisors will discuss the Blue Ridge plan the next day (Tuesday June 13) during their monthly workshop meeting that will start at 6 pm at the Municipal Center on Prince Street.

Check back for more details about Monday’s Blue Ridge town hall.

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Traffic concerns stall proposed school on Locust Lane

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.


One of two proposed school driveways along Locust Lane with Rosemont Drive in the background.

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 air jordan 6 sale. 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.