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2 Hearings Set For 2 Proposed Offices

The existing office building at 100 E. High St., Sanatoga.

The existing office building at 1800 E. High St., Sanatoga.

SANATOGA PA – Construction of two new 2-story office buildings, proposed to be built behind existing offices at 1800 E. High St., will be the subject of both a Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township zoning hearing and a conditional use hearing within the next 60 days.

The office project, introduced to the township about a year ago by Specht Investors LLC, has been advertised as a primary topic of discussion by the Zoning Hearing Board when it meets Feb. 17 (2009; Tuesday) at 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. The developers are asking for seven different variances from restrictions imposed by Lower Pottsgrove ordinances.

Well in advance of the zoning board’s considerations, the project also has been scheduled for a conditional use hearing before the township Board of Commissioners. Its members must decide if the project is suitable for the property. Commissioners, in a unanimous vote Monday (Feb. 2, 2009) during their first meeting of the month, agreed to conduct their hearing on March 19 (2009; Thursday) at 7 p.m.

The conditional use hearing would be conducted just eight days short of a year since the board first looked at the Specht proposal.

David Specht and Mary Specht, representing Specht Investors LLC; their attorney, Howard E. Kalis III; and their architect and engineer, Don Wirt and Kevin Mohn, respectively, attended the commissioners’ meeting March 27, 2008, to deliver a presentation that board minutes indicate was very well received. “The board expressed its support and welcomed the opportunity to work with the applicant on this exciting project,” the written minutes state.

The buildings would be located in a Limited Commercial Office District, and within a floodplain. According to a Jan. 31 (2009) advertisement in The (Pottstown PA) Mercury, the township’s newspaper of record for the publication of legal notices, the developers are requesting variances to:

  • Allow an office building use in the Floodplain Conservation District;
  • Permit a proposed building width of 150 feet in the Sanatoga Village District;
  • Allow parking in the front yard of the buildings;
  • Reduce the number of required parking spaces from 205 to 172;
  • Extend the time period approved variances would be effective to 18 months, instead of the usual 6 months, to accommodate the land development approval process;
  • Allow use of the property despite limitations imposed by steep slopes there; and
  • Deviate from the requirement to install sidewalks along Sunnybrook Road.

Also Feb. 17, the Zoning Hearing Board will consider another, unrelated request for special exceptions and variances to build a detached garage in a residential R-2 district.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 2 meeting):

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