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Elizabethtown Borough Approves Plan for More Apartments

The Elizabethtown Borough Council approved a land development plan for the expansion of an apartment complex, but told the developer that a fence must be built around a basin designed to collect storm water until it is absorbed into the ground.

The plan is to build eight new apartment houses with eight units in each one, an addition to the Village Green apartment buildings, which already have 128 apartments along East Willow Street between Beechwood Lane and Radio Road. The Borough Council had authorized a conditional use for the expansion in March and developers had been to the planning commission since then.

Anthony B. Seitz, vice president of development for owner High Associates, and Jeffrey Shyk, a project manager at K&W Engineers, told councilors at their meeting on Thursday, Aug. 15, that they were planning a combination of evergreen shrubs and fencing based on recommendations from the planning commission. Council members expressed concern that children would be likely to gather in the basin to play and might get stuck there during a flash flood. One concern was that the evergreen shrubs might make it difficult for adults to see children at play; council members eventually concluded that a split-rail fence would be better.

Seitz said he hopes to begin construction this fall and be finished within a year.

“We’re happy to get to this point,” Seitz said.

Also at the meeting, councilors voted unanimously to approve a storm water management plan for a new softball field and new tennis courts at Elizabethtown College. The plan involves building a new softball field next to the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being; the new location is on more level ground than the old softball field and being next to the fitness center is more convenient because it ensures there are restrooms next to the field.

Mayor Chuck Mummert and several councilors encouraged the public to attend the Elizabethtown Fair, which starts Monday, Aug. 19, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 24, at the fairgrounds between East High Street Elementary School and the Elizabethtown Brethren In Christ Church. Police Chief Ed Cunningham noted after the meeting that he was scheduled to be in Cornerstone Community Ministries’ dunk tank from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, wearing a bicycle patrol uniform. Cunningham also asked fairgoers to pay attention to parking regulations, pay attention to pedestrians and to remember the smoking is prohibited by law on the fairgrounds.

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