Planners Review Storage Facility, ‘Marketplace’

Surveyor Daniel Laudenslayer (at top) as he talked with the Lower Pottsgrove Planning Commission during its October meeting

SANATOGA PA – A set of preliminary plans to build 200 self-storage units on four acres of land at 1473 N. Charlotte St., representing a proposal re-introduced this October to the Lower Pottsgrove Planning Commission, is scheduled to be reviewed tonight (Monday, Dec. 17) by commissioners during their 6:30 p.m. meeting in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd.

Also tonight, the planners’ agenda indicates they will discuss a request for sewage modules to accommodate Sanatoga Marketplace, a long-awaited proposal to build a shopping center on property at 3049 E. High St., immediately west of the Turkey Hill convenience store at East High and Rupert Road.

The session is free to attend and open to the public. A copy of the agenda is available for download from the township website, here.

North Charlotte Street storage

It was just two months ago that an engineer for North Charlotte Street land owner GEG Investments talked with, and got feedback from, board members about the storage facility. The 200 units up for discussion tonight represent a slight increase from 189 its drawings suggested then, but a substantial decline from a 270-units-and-outside-storage concept first pitched by GEG in 2015.

The company’s holdings consist of three separate parcels, portions of which face North Charlotte, and Orlando and Maugers Mill roads.

Designing the facility to meet requirements of the differing street frontages has been the firm’s biggest challenge, surveyor Daniel Laudenslayer of Tarson LLC told board members. The GEG October drawings would have required waivers from planners regarding setbacks, sidewalks, curbing, underground storm water retention, and unit placements.

Sanatoga Marketplace

The Lower Pottsgrove Sewer Authority has been asked by owners of more than 13 acres at the East High Street site to grant sewage capacity for the proposed center there of 100,000 or more square feet. Although no prospective tenants have been announced, the project being marketed by Tornetta Realty Corp. preliminarily shows one large and two mid-sized retailers, and a stand-alone pad for a smaller fourth business.

Only the sewage planning module component, and not development plans, is on the commission’s agenda for review.

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