Almost two years after it closed, there are plans to open a Starbucks within the former Bank of America department at Major Road and Polk Valley Street in Hellertown. Citing considerations about visitors movement, the intersection itself and design parts, the borough planning fee earlier this month tabled its dialogue of the plan till June.
Premium coffee-drinkers of Hellertown are going to have to attend no less than somewhat longer to get their lattes and frappuccinos, as a proposal for a Starbucks within the former Bank of America department at 5 Major Road (Rt. 412) was tabled by the borough planning fee Might 12 after planners cited visitors and different considerations.
As beforehand reported right here, plans for the brand new location have been first introduced in February. On the Might 12 digital assembly, Peter Gluszko of Gluszko Architects introduced a web site plan to transform the previous bank property, which is owned by Tornig Realty LLC of Englewood, N.J. Because the property sits throughout the Shoppes at Hellertown plaza, a reconfiguring a part of the parking zone will probably be vital, with the blueprints calling for eradicating the drive-thru teller window from the Polk Valley Street aspect of the constructing to the rear. Gluszko defined that the reconfigured parking zone would successfully add 5 areas, together with three handicapped spots.
With tentative hours of operation of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., a number of commissioners expressed concern with how a line of automobiles on the drive-thru window may probably have an effect on morning visitors within the neighborhood.
Vice chair Matthew Milliren and commissioner Maria Diaz-Joves have been vocal about potential visitors questions of safety, particularly as soon as faculties reopen and buses are added to the equation. Chair Philip Weber seconded these considerations, citing lined-up automobiles backed up onto Major Road as a potential hazard and stating that he wouldn’t vote to approve the plan earlier than seeing the developer’s Freeway Occupancy Allow, which might be required from PennDOT, as each Major Road and Polk Valley Street are state roads.
No adjustments are anticipated to be made to the parking zone entrance and exit, respectively, on Major Road, however Gluszko’s plans do embrace the addition of landscaping with grass and parking stops on the Polk Valley Street aspect of the property. Commissioner Kim LaBrake expressed some concern about plans to color the present brick facade on the constructing, which a few of her colleagues seconded. It was additionally talked about that there are nonetheless no plans for a visitors gentle on the intersection of Major Road and Polk Valley Street, regardless of a historical past of suggestions from residents requesting that one be constructed.
A visitors gentle was at one time authorized for the intersection, nevertheless progress on putting in it ended after Hellertown Borough Council withdrew their assist for the plan.
On account of these lingering questions, significantly the traffic-related considerations, commissioner Joseph Pampanin moved to desk the proposal till the fee’s June assembly, which is scheduled to be held Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m. by way of WebEx and Fb.
Conferences are open to the general public, with pre-registration obtainable for the digital occasions.
Commissioner Francene Drake seconded the movement to desk and it was authorized.