The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a development plan and a pair of waivers for the property located at 1910 N. Atherton St. pending a handful of conditions.
The township received a plan for the property — the former A&P site — in January, supervisors said. The subdivision plan proposes the consolidation of of the four existing parcels before re-subdividing them into three lots. The plan calls for five businesses to occupy the three lots — a combination retail-restaurant space, two retail spaces and a stand-alone restaurant with a drive-through.
Steven Alafazanos, of Win Development, revealed the anticipated tenants for the three new spaces. Mattress Firm and Qdoba Mexican Grill will occupy the retail-restaurant space, he said.Vitamin Shoppe and Great Clips will occupy the dual retail space and Panda Express will occupy the stand-alone restaurant.
The property would be accessed via the existing intersection of Colonnade Way and North Atherton, township Manager Doug Erickson said. One of the first issues that came up was that the length of the left-turn lane leading into the intersection was too short and wouldn’t be able to handle the incoming traffic.
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Access would also be available via Cornflower Lane.
The developers were asked to look into different options, Erickson said, including approaching the neighboring Denny’s restaurant to combine properties, a proposal that was denied.
Ultimately, he said, traffic engineers proposed absorbing the left-turn lane leading from North Atherton to 1st Avenue into the lane that will lead to the new developments. While the plan doesn’t have PennDOT’s blessing yet, he said, this seems to fix the turn issue.
According to PennDOT, Erickson said, during Saturday peak traffic, cars are expected to stack up in the left turn lane and could block eastbound traffic from making the left onto 1st Avenue, but that won’t happen regularly. Developers have talked to the Animal Medical Hospital of State College, which is served by 1st Avenue, and they have agreed to sign a release to PennDOT.
The development of the properties across from the site will likely absorb 1st Avenue into the properties at some point, he said.
In approving the plan, supervisors also agreed to waive the shared parking requirements and the perimeter parking setbacks for the development. All five businesses will share the expected 97 parking spaces.
Several conditions came with the approval as well, including approval of a PennDOT traffic impact study, extension of the bike path from the North Atherton/Colonnade intersection to Cornflower Lane and overlay paving of Cornflower with adjustment to the storm drain inlets.