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Planners Accept Oxy Lot Change

Entrance to a portion of the Occidental Petroleum property.
Entrance to a portion of the Occidental Petroleum property.

SANATOGA PA – A two-acre change between lot lines and property owners that not only will save a building but make former industrial land more marketable was approved Monday (April 20, 2009) by the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township Planning Commission.

Planners gave their blessing, during a monthly meeting in the township municipal building, to a minor subdivision proposal involving Occidental Chemical Corp. and BCW Associates Ltd. on properties at 351 and 375 Armand Hammer Blvd. The proposal reduces Occidental’s parcel from 222.8 acres to 220.9, and increases BCW’s holding from 40.8 acres to 42.6 in the township’s heavy industrial district.

The shift in lot lines and, if later approved by the township Zoning Hearing Board, subsequent zoning variances will allow the parties to retain rather than demolish a building on one lot, according to an Occidental attorney who made the company’s presentation to commission members.

The unanimous approval came at the end of an unusually lengthy commission meeting. During most months planners conclude their business within an hour, allowing them to get home to delayed but not-too-late dinners. But extensive discussions about an assisted and independent living facility proposed to be built near Pottstown Memorial Medical Center involved the group for slightly longer than double its average session.

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