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Borough Council Hears About Plan for Apartments Near College

The Elizabethtown Borough Council heard a presentation about the land development plan for a small apartment development designed to house 20 people, which would be aimed at Elizabethtown College students.

Jon Sheppard, a Hershey resident who owns the houses near the intersection of South Market Street and Orange Street, plans to turn the two houses into apartments that would be rented to five people each.

At the Borough Council work session on Thursday, May 3, Shannon Heybach and George C. Cressman Jr. of the Philadelphia office of Bohler Engineering answered questions about the project along with Sheppard. Heybach said the plan includes capturing rain water from the roofs and directing it to a rain garden, which directs rain water to an area with plants that will absorb it, preventing it from flowing into storm drains and cutting the amount of pollution that goes into streams. Sheppard said the existing buildings facing Market Street would have their facades maintained, but the entrances to the units would be from a sidewalk going between the two houses.

The Borough Council plans to vote on the plan at its next meeting on Thursday, May 17.

Also at the meeting, Ben Craddock of the Lancaster Civil Engineering Co. gave an update on the “complete streets” plan the borough has for several streets that are to be repaved. The plan involves putting sidewalks in along streets that now lack them and making sure the streets are good not only for driving, but also for bicycle and pedestrian traffic. He said he had met with residents of streets to be changed with this plan.

“We got good feedback. I don’t want to mislead you into thinking it was all positive feedback, but it was good,” Craddock said about the reaction of residents to the complete streets plan.

In other business, Mayor Chuck Mummert presented Police Chief Ed Cunningham with a proclamation declaring the week of Sunday, May 13, through Saturday, May 19, as Police Week and Tuesday, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Cunningham said the public should expect to see more officers on bicycles soon; he said two officers had just finished bike patrol school, with one of them scoring so high on the final exam that he was asked to return as an instructor.

Also, Borough Manager Roni Ryan said the borough had gotten no public comment about an architect’s presentation two weeks earlier about renovations to borough-owned buildings. Gary Weaver told council members on April 19 that renovations to a historic building to turn it into new borough offices would cost about $1.8 million and renovations to the existing police headquarters and borough offices to turn the building into a larger police station would cost about $1.2 million for a total of about $3 million.

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