Developer plans 8400-square-foot warehouse in Pine

Friday, May 24, 2019 | 12:01 AM


A developer’s plans to build an 8,400-square-foot warehouse at the intersection of Babcock Boulevard and Old State Road are on hold after the opening of the public hearing period at the Pine Township Board of Supervisors’ May meeting.

Dewey Homes and Investment Properties submitted an application for conditional use approval and was also seeking preliminary and final approval of a land development plan, but the board voted unanimously to continue the public hearing period pending the submission of more information.

The planning commission recommended approval of both plans at its April meeting with conditions including no outside storage, processing of material or maintenance of equipment unless proper screening is provided for and approved by the township.

Sandra Nelko of Shoup Engineering presented the plans to the board on behalf of Dewey Homes. The property is just under four-and-a-half acres and much of the development would occur on the west side of the property, she said, largely because of a stream that goes along the east side of the property.

The warehouse will be used primarily for wood storage. They are proposing a driveway off Babcock Boulevard and based on a traffic study they’re anticipating approximately 15 trips per day.

The lone public comment came from Steven Victor, of landscape and design architects Victor Wetzel Associates, representing the property owners immediately to the west of the proposed warehouse. He raised a number of concerns including whether or not the intended use of the building fit the definition of a warehouse with regards to zoning regulations.

Supervisor Pat Avolio said that the information provided by the developer didn’t include enough context for what’s surrounding the property and the potential impact on nearby residents and asked for more details. He made a motion for a continuation, which passed unanimously, and asked for more information from the developer as well as an interpretation from the township’s zoning and code officer regarding the questions raised by Victor.

Township solicitor Gary Gushard asked that the applicant submit a narrative focusing on the intended business activity at the site and how that fits within the definition of a warehouse.

The land development application was also continued. The supervisors have 100 days from the opening of the first public hearing to close the hearing period and then 45 days after the close to render a decision.

• The township awarded the winning bid for the Pearce Mill Trail project to Gregori Construction, Inc., which was the lowest of the 14 bidders at a cost of $739,937, which falls within budget, according to township director of land development and code enforcement Larry Kurpakus. The project is part of the township’s comprehensive plan and is being partially funded by a state Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant in the amount of $466,732. The pedestrian and bike path will link Treesdale to Pine Community Park under Pearce Mill Road.