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December 7, 2006

Hotel with indoor water park on the boards in Springfield Township

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — Springfield Township supervisors this week approved final plans for a farmland subdivision that will enable an Erie developer to build a hotel which includes an indoor water park.

Dev Enterprises of Erie sought to purchase a 6.83-acre lot from Gary and Rebecca Filer and another 1-acre lot from Wayne and Claytine Filer, both of which are adjacent to the rear of the Elephant & Castle and Wendy’s restaurants.

At a previous township planning commission meeting, Dev Enterprises representatives consulted with township and PennDOT officials to determine whether they could share a right-of-way access to Route 208 with Wendy’s.

However, PennDOT representatives were concerned about adding to the traffic flow so close to the traffic light at the intersection with Garrett Drive and the entrance to Prime Outlets at Grove City.

According to township administrator Barb Brown, the developer agreed to buy the additional 1-acre parcel to create access. The proposed driveway to the new development will likely be built perpendicular to Route 208 about 300 feet west of the entrance to Wendy’s.

“PennDOT was OK with it,” she noted. “There will be a two-way turning lane (built as part of the Route 208 widening project) so there will be plenty of access and ability for stacking (cars waiting to turn).”

Dev will also pay to widen the mouth of Veterans Road where it meets Route 208 to expand the road to five lanes — two in, two out and one turning.

At a prior supervisors meeting, the supervisors expressed concern that the developer was seeking approval for a subdivision without giving them any details about what may be built there other than the hotel. They denied the subdivision at that time, although in general a subdivision must be approved if the application is in order.

At Monday’s meeting, Brown showed supervisors more detailed plans from the developer that depict a hotel built on the far southeast corner of the lot behind Elephant & Castle. In addition, the developer has proposed an indoor water park, a retail shop and a restaurant for the property, although no specific chain names were provided.

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