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Logan helps free up land for Calvary Cemetery to sell

52-acre wooded tract is south of Lowe’s

The Logan Township supervisors have approved subdivision and land development plans intended to help Calvary Cemetery sell a 52-acre wooded tract south of Lowe’s for commercial use.

The plans were made possible by the supervisors’ condemnation and purchase in December of ground at the end of the public portion of McMahon Road to provide access to the tract, which is between the developed burial area of the cemetery and I-99, so the ground could eventually provide additional tax revenue for the township, according to officials.

The plans call for using the ground condemned by the township to extend the road, which runs between Lowe’s and Aldi, by 400 feet, and for using additional ground turned over by the cemetery to create a cul-de-sac, all of which would become public right-of-way.

The cemetery has been trying to sell the ground for years, but interested parties have backed away because of the access difficulties.

The cemetery itself has access to the ground, but for cemetery purposes only, cemetery lawyer Shawn Sullivan has said previously.

The cemetery has an easement between the tract and Fairway Drive, but that traverses a steep slope and Brush Run, which made using it commercially impractical, officials said.

The cemetery was unable to come to terms with the owner of the McMahon Road extension ground, which is the company that owns the ground where Lowe’s is located, according to township Planning Director Cassandra Schmick.

The township paid the $105,000 appraised value of the approximately half-acre property, officials said.

That former owner of the ground didn’t file preliminary objections, although the firm has six years to contest the amount, according to township solicitor Dan Stants.

“There’s now frontage on a true public road,” Schmick said at a recent Planning Commission meeting at which the commission recommended the supervisors approve the subdivision and land development plan.

Whoever might buy the land from the cemetery may need to conduct a traffic study and make improvements leading into the site, Schmick said.

The township engineer is working on stormwater and erosion and sedimentation controls for the extension, according to Schmick.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.

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