Extension given for new shopping center

By on August 15, 2012

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

East Cocalico Township supervisors often field inquiries about a possible start date for construction of the Cocalico Commons Shopping Center, to be built along Colonel Howard Boulevard and Route 272. Plans called for three anchor stores and five restaurants.

The question was raised again during citizens comments at the supervisors’ Aug. 1 meeting.

"We’ve heard nothing," said chairman Doug Mackley.

"The state extended the law to add another two years to the original five years," said Mark Hiester, township manager. "The extension allows them (shopping center developers) until 2018."

Also, at the meeting, an update was given on investigation on the recent vandalism in Reamstown.

"We’re making good progress on the park and cemetery vandalism and anticipate news next week on this," reported Police Chief Beever.

Thirty gravestones in Salem Union Cemetery, adjacent to Reamstown Park, were vandalized. Reamstown Park had graffiti on buildings, broken glass littering areas as well as other nuisance acts of vandalism.

In other business:

? Disabled vehicles on Route 222 were stolen on July 19 and 30.

? Tee markers, flags and poles were stolen from Foxchase Golf Course on July 29.

"This is the busiest year since 2008, based on number of incidents," Chief Beever said.

? The annual Reamstown Days, set for Sept. 7 through 9, will add a 5k Run/Walk to benefit Acts of Love, the summer children’s lunch program coordinated by the Cocalico Ministerium.

Free noontime meals (some days hot lunches, other days cold lunches) are provided to children from the Cocalico School District. Sites where lunches are served include Reamstown, Denver and Reinholds parks. Representing the 5 K Run/Walk was Dona Reber.

? Turkey Hill agreed to move the Armed Forces monument from land in front of the Comfort Inn to the Turkey Hill site across the road.

"They (Turkey Hill) also agreed to pay for electric to illuminate the monument," said Tony Luongo, zoning officer.

Lougo said Skip Cross will do his inspections and waive his fees for this project.

"The township is also waiving its permit fees," he said. "The lease agreement should get moving next week (Aug. 6-10)."

? Alan Fry praised residents for their cardboard recycling efforts.

"The cardboard dumpster was emptied again last week. Our residents are recycling about a ton (of cardboard) a month," he said.

Supervisors approved the following:

? Printing and mailing the township newsletter. Supervisor Noelle Fortna complimented Lisa A. Kashner on the layout of content.

? Purchase of a police cruiser from New Holland Ford Group to replace the one extensively damaged in an accident.

"The difference between the insurance and the cost of the new vehicle is between $5,000 and $7,000," Chief Beever said.

? A 90-day extension to Nov. 6 for W.J. Crossroads Project.

"This project has been going on for a long time," said Hiester. "They’ve been working on some right of way issues. There’s been a lot of back and forth. There’s been progress."

? Accepting the letter of withdrawal received from Amelia’s Grocery Outlet for their proposed warehouse.

? Allowing Devlin Inc. from Mechanicsburg to store materials and vehicles in a 40 x 40- foot space on property at 1975 N. Reading Road. Rental for the space was set at $300 per month.

"Devlin estimates they’ll be there a year or two," said Hiester. "They do lots of bridge work. They’re doing work on Route 222." More EAST COCALICO, page A10

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