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Condo plan, park upgrades get nod

County planners give positive review to projects

Plans for a condominium project in Frankstown Township received a positive review Thursday by Blair County Planning Commission members, who also gave their support to Logan Township’s plans to make improvements to Leopold Park.

The Hopper Commons project in Frankstown Township calls for construction of six condominium buildings totaling 52 units on an 8.2-acre parcel along Brush Mountain Road.

In addition to the proposed condominiums, a community building, maintenance building, playground, picnic area, parking lots, access drives, sidewalks, landscaping and stormwater management facilities are proposed.

Access to the site will be through a 22-foot wide access driveway connection to Brush Mountain Road. The proposed access driveway, as well as the 22-foot driveway aisles through the site should provide adequate vehicle circulation and maneuverability within the site, said Jamie L. Klink, regional planner.

The proposed parking will total 108 spaces, including eight ADA access spaces. The proposed amount of parking spaces will meet Frankstown Township’s requirements of 104 parking spaces for a development of this type and size. It does not appear that any bicycle parking facilities will be provided as part of this plan.

“We recommend the inclusion of bicycle parking facilities at this site in order to accommodate potential visitors utilizing bicycles,” Klink said.

Sidewalks not required

Sidewalks and crosswalks will be included within the site, creating a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, but no sidewalks will be included along the access drive or along Brush Valley Road.

“While Frankstown Township does not require sidewalks, we generally recommend sidewalks for multi-family residential developments and would appreciate sidewalks leading to and along Brush Mountain Road, but will defer to Frankstown Township as to whether they will require sidewalks in these areas,” Klink said.

Klink said the project has the potential to generate a significant amount of peak hour vehicle trips along Brush Mountain Road.

“If they have not already done so, we recommend that the developer consults with PennDOT and Frankstown Township to assess any potential negative impacts on the local transportation and surrounding neighborhood as a result of this proposal,” Klink said.

Leopold Park

For the Leopold Park improvements, Logan Township will apply to the Southern Alleghenies Regional Greenway Mini-Grant Program for funding for a train viewing area at the park.

The township also plans to use Community Development Block Grant Funds for other improvements at the park.

The overall improvements include installation of walkways and ramps to remove barriers to existing facilities at the park, as well as the repaving of an existing path, construction of a new restroom and playground equipment, as well as the construction of a train viewing pavilion.

The project is not expected to have any immediate negative impacts on environmental features. “Overall, this project will be a benefit by removing architectural barriers at the park and also improving safety and ADA accessibility,” Klink said.

In other business, a longtime Blair County Planning Commission employee is stepping down.

Planning Aide Sheryl Durbin has submitted her resignation effective March 5.

“Sheryl has been a good employee for a very long time,” Chairman William Hall said.

On Thursday, board members agreed to enter into a contract with Spherion for a temporary employee to fill the position. Board member Randy Isenberg thought hiring a temporary worker was a good idea.

“We could convert it to a permanent position,” said Planning Director David McFarland.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.

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