First Posted: 10/28/2014
Borough council, by unanimous vote, approved the PRD (planned residential development) by the Villas at Waterwood II for the construction of four single family homes on the property of the old Hanson’s Amusement Park location. Hanson’s Amusement Park was active from 1935 until 1984, when it ceased operations.
The buildings currently occupying the land are scheduled to be demolished by the end of November. Attorney Angelo Terrana, one of three partners of the Villas, stated that an inspector found 200 square feet of asbestos floor tiles in the women’s bathroom area of the former bathhouse. A 10-day notice for the removal of asbestos will be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection.
According to council president Michell’e Boice, the buildings are “unsightly” and “the only blight in Harveys Lake.”
The Villas had previously sought to construct 117 townhouses on the 35 acres of land, owned by Terrana, Matt DiPrimo and Ken Williams. The plan for the townhouses had been given approval, but the Villas were having difficulty obtaining financing for the project, due to banks not viewing the idea of townhouses as being feasible, according to Boice.
Banks felt that the market for townhouses “just isn’t there anymore,” said Boice.
Prior to that, the original plan for the Villa, designed in 2003, was to build 130 townhouse units but, due to storm water infiltration issues, 30 units were eliminated from the plan. The Harveys Lake Planning Commission previously gave its approval for a subdivision on the shoreline property, which will also be developed into residential properties.
In other matters …
* Councilman Tom Kehler said that the borough is looking into purchasing a 1,000 square foot modular building that would house the police station. Kehler added that the building would be affordable, ADA compliant and comes with a 30-year warranty. The borough currently has an LSA grant in the amount of $78,000 to be used for the police department. The grants has received an extension until June 2015 and the borough can re-apply for an additional extension, if need be, according to Boice.
* The Harveys Lake Protective Association Dinner Dance will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Jonathan’s restaurant. The event is expected to be a festive evening of dining, dancing and community camaraderie. All Harveys Lake residents and friends of Harveys Lake are invited to attend. For more information, call Robyn at 570-350-8091 or Megan at 570-814-9230.
The next council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18.