Healthcare: Supervisors support medical office building

By Marcella Peyre-Ferry for Southern Chester Weekly

Penn Township supervisors are lending their support to one proposed project near the intersection of Routes One 796 while considering denying another in the same area.

The board of supervisors voted unanimously to send a letter of support to the zoning hearing board for a proposed medical office building. The developers on that project are requesting three variances at a zoning hearing scheduled for June 16. They are seeking relief from the maximum height and maximum square footage restrictions as well as narrower parking spaces than required in the township ordinances.

A conditional use hearing for the project is also needed to allow the building to be served by public water. Currently the township allows connections only on the south side of the Route 1 bypass. That hearing is set for Wednesday, June 15, at 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, township engineer Scott Allen is recommending the supervisors deny the Preliminary Land Development Plan for RE @ Jennersville. The plan has been extended multiple times, but items in a nineteen-page letter of concerns from the engineer have not been addressed. “Based on the lack of response from the applicant we recommend denial,” Allen told the board.

The supervisors put their decision on that item on hold until their June 1 meeting to give the township planning commission time to add their comments to the discussion. A decision one way or another is needed by the deadline of June 15 to avoid deemed approval.

RE @ Jennersville would also need a conditional use approval, and has scheduled a hearing with the supervisors, but it has been postponed multiple times, and has now been continued until August.

In other business traffic concerns were discussed by the supervisors, including proposals for calming devices on Baltimore Pike in front of the Jennersville Hospital.

There is heavy traffic from the hospital, the YMCA, Township Park and medical buildings all in the same area, including pedestrians. Ideas for slowing traffic include speed tables, but it is a state road and PennDOT would have to approve any changes. The board fears that improvements to the road are unlikely with the current state budget.

“Talk to your representatives,” Supervisor Victor Mantegna suggested public support might help get results. “We’ve got to be the ones that scream the loudest.”

There are also concerns about how the new traffic light planned for Rt. 796 and Pennock Bridge Rd will work for traffic coming out of Corby Road. Traffic already backs up on Corby, and the light could make the problem worse. There is also a steep drop off the side of the road that could use a guardrail. Because Corby is a state road, PennDOT approval is necessary for any action there.


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