Thursday, August 11 2022

When: Mount Joy Township Supervisors Meeting, Jan. 17.

What happened: Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution allowing an inter-municipal transfer of a liquor license for a planned stand-alone restaurant for the Mount Joy Towne Center project at Cloverleaf Road and Route 230. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board authorizes transfers to within the same county when a municipality met its liquor license quota, as the township did. A hearing was held for the transfer request made by Pennmark Management Co. Inc., which wants to build the mall.

Quoteable: “We are trying to attract a top-notch national and regional restaurant that would serve alcohol as an establishment,” said Robert Sichelstiel, Pennmark’s official broker. Pennmark has yet to secure a lease with a restaurant, but Sichelstiel said it would be of the same caliber as an Applebee’s or PJ Whelihan’s. “We are in discussion with a few, but it’s still very important to have a license in hand to get someone’s attention,” he added.

Fund: Pennmark, a Plymouth Meeting-based developer, owns approximately 72 acres at the intersection, 55 of which are earmarked for a mix of retail establishments and an apartment complex. Wawa has been identified as the anchor tenant in the northeast quadrant. Pennmark wants the property to be rezoned from C-1 commercial and agricultural to a mix of C-2 commercial and R-2 medium-density residential. Pennmark, which has yet to begin the rezoning process, will make a presentation on the plans at the February or March supervisors’ meeting.

Licence: Where the restaurant license is transferred from was not mentioned at the meeting. But Township Manager Justin Evans later said a letter with Pennmark’s application to the township described the license as coming from the former Ruby Tuesday restaurant at 2002 Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township.

Cancellation clause: At the suggestion of Township Attorney Josele Cleary, supervisors approved the resolution with added language stating that the license must “be used in a building detached for a restaurant.” The suggestion came after Giuseppe Ferrarelli, owner of Pizzatown, questioned whether the license would be used in multiple locations. Asked how else a license could be used, Cleary said that in theory a large building could house more than one restaurant, interconnected in the basement, using a single license.

Discussion: Pennmark attorney Ken Butera said his client would agree to the single location, but asked that the resolution not be changed. He said the PLCB would likely refuse the resolution because it cannot enforce such a stipulation. If that happens, Butera said, supervisors will then be asked to approve a resolution without that requirement. He acknowledged that since his client would come back to counsel, a separate deal could be made.

Movement: Supervisor Gerald Cole proposed including the single location requirement in the resolution, saying that if it is defeated, an agreement can be drafted before approving another resolution. “If it’s not rejected, we have what we want,” Cole said.

Rezoning: Following another hearing, supervisors unanimously approved an application to rezone 933 Campus Road, Elizabethtown from institutional to R-2 medium-density residential. The property, less than an acre and owned by Giuseppe and Vita Ferrarelli, was previously zoned R-2 residential. In 2015, the property was rezoned as institutional at the request of Elizabethtown College, the previous owner.

Dump update: Scott Perin of Waste Management, now owner of the Lancaster landfill on Cloverleaf Road in Milton Grove, briefed supervisors on plans to use alternative waste to cover the landfill, which is used for construction and demolition waste. The company filed an application with the state Department of Environmental Protection for a permit amendment to allow the use of materials such as incinerator ash, auto shredder lint and soil uncontaminated by petroleum.

Resident Complaints: Some neighbors at the landfill have complained about dust in the air and mud and metal debris on the road around the site. Perin said the landfill’s truck washing system will be upgraded by mid-summer.

Fire Company Committee: The supervisors and Evans discussed forming a coordinating committee to meet periodically with the four fire departments that serve the township: Elizabethtown, Rheems, Mount Joy and Mastersonville. The members, who have yet to be named, will include township staff, at least one supervisor, representatives from the fire department and a citizen.

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