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April 14, 2014

Supervisors OK Springfield Commons development

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — Springfield Township supervisors have approved the developers’ agreement for Springfield Commons, with one official dissenting, citing “too many technical issues.”

“I can’t support this,” said Rick Dillaman, vice chair of the township’s board of supervisors.

Chair Judith Hassler and Supervisor Gary Hartman voted in favor of agreement after some back-and-forth discussion with Leslie Peters, the attorney representing the developers; Tom Bankson, the township’s engineer; Ray Bogaty, the township’s solicitor; zoning consultant Rick Grossman; and Patricia Wimer, the township’s secretary-treasurer.

“I’ve heard no objection,” Peters said of the agreement, the latest version of which she drafted March 28 after working with Bogaty; she believed there were no further issues to be hashed out before the supervisors’ vote.

Bogaty said he agreed it was the “best we could do at this point.”

“It’s a culmination of a lot of work,” he said.

Springfield Commons is a retail development planned for a piece of land on state Route 208 just west of Grove City Premium Outlets next to Wendy’s and Elephant and Castle.

Marriott TownePlace Suites has been the only occupant named so far for Springfield Commons, which will also border Veterans Road.

Hartman said Bogaty is “very right,” and Dillaman said while he appreciates the solicitor’s legal opinion, and spoke to other township employees, he doesn’t believe the current agreement protects the township.

Peters stressed her belief that the agreement is solid, and that the developers don’t even have any land development plans in place at this point.

“This is farmland,” she said, adding that when the time comes to develop the land, there won’t be any outstanding issues to deal with like wetlands.

Bankson later said he felt there are some areas of the agreement where the township is “not adequately protected,” such as a lack of surety for traffic signal improvements.

That’s a PennDOT project, Peters said.

“We can’t dance this dance all day long,” she said, with Hartman making a motion to approve the agreement.

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