FERGUSON TOWNSHIP — With 10 conditions agreed upon by the township and developers of a new CVS pharmacy, the plan will move ahead to request access on North Atherton Street.
The new pharmacy and store is planned for the old Blockbuster movie rental site, in a small plaza at the corner of North Atherton and West Cherry Lane. The developers, Camp Hill-based J.C. Bar Properties Inc., are requesting a new access to the store from North Atherton Street, requiring a meeting with the Zoning Hearing Board.
The group has met several times with the supervisors to receive an advisory opinion on the move. That discussion concluded Monday night, continued from the boards Aug. 20 meeting.
At that time, supervisors were ready to oppose the move because of traffic concerns. The request calls for a right-in, right-out access on North Atherton, with a concrete barrier in the center lane to guide traffic.
Supervisors have expressed concerns about commercial truck access to the site, the ability to make left turns onto North Atherton from adjacent businesses with the barrier in place, and conflicts between speeding traffic along Atherton and slowing traffic to enter and exit CVS.
Im OK with the right-in, said board Chairman George Pytel. I would not allow a right-out. I dont like the barrier there.
Supervisor Drew Clemson also said the right-out worries him, because traffic analysis showed an average speed of 44 miles per hour in the area, where the speed limit is 35.
Charles Courtney, attorney for the developers, said the group will amend its variance request to the ZHB to include the 10 conditions approve by supervisors. He said the action will allow J.C. Bar to advance to working with the state Department of Transportation for a highway occupancy permit, and allow the township to have a say over final design further along in the process, when more specific information is available.
Personally, I dont think you could give me enough information to tell me a right-out is a good idea, Pytel said. Somebody will make a left turn in there.
The conditions include that PennDOT and the board will give joint approval of a final rightin/ right-out design, the variance will be granted only if a tractor-trailer can make various, specific turns out of the site, and, if the property ever changes use, the board has the authority to close the North Atherton access.
The board on Monday unanimously voted to endorse the access plan, including the 10 conditions.
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