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Lansford council says plans never submitted for an apartment project

Published April 15. 2010 05:00PM

An apartment building project is about 60 percent complete in Lansford, even though the borough council said last night site development plans have never been submitted.

Council President Robert Gaughan said the borough doesn't plan to shut down the work, but more information is required on the project.

"Any type of development done in the borough is welcome," he said.

The work in question is to the former St. Ann's School along East Bertsch Street, which is being converted into an apartment complex.

The council sent a letter to the developer, Dolan Construction Company of Reading, which states, "It has come to the attention of the borough that the proposed site development and public improvements for this project have never been reviewed and approved. Neither the borough nor the borough's engineer has seen nor has had an opportunity to review any of these plans."

The letter requests that the developer provide four complete sets of design plans which show all work associated with the site development and proposed public improvements.

Kevin Wolfe, a representative of Dolan, said the firm received a conditional use variance from the borough's zoning hearing board.

"I was puzzled there was no land development request" from the borough, he told the council.

He said the matter came to light when the contractor began installing a storm-water collection system and officials from the borough stopped him and questioned the work.

Gaughan said when the storm water work occurred, the contractor came off the actual site to do work, which requires permission from the borough.

"When you came off the property line with storm water lines, you crossed an imaginary boundary," he said.

He said the borough isn't planning to stop the work, but that it needs project plans from Dolan Construction.

Gaughan asked Wolfe, "Did you guys supply anything to county planning?"

"No we didn't," he responded, adding that he plans to comply with requests from the borough.

"I don't think there's anything we can't correct," he said.

Council member Mary Kruczek said she believes there were plans submitted to both the county and the borough's planning commission or the conditional use application wouldn't have been approved.

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