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Senior Living Facility Considered in Forks

Forks Board of Supervisors gives conditional use approval to Country Meadows.

It took up a good chunk of the Forks Township Board of Supervisors meeting agenda last month.

First, the board held a conditional use hearing for a senior living facility, a hearing that was scheduled for a half-hour but lasted more than double that.

Then Country Meadows was discussed during the regular meeting.

And if traffic issues can get squared away, it looks like Forks will have another home catering to the elderly.

Country Meadows would be situated on a 20-acre tract as a 135,000-square-foot facility handling 301 residential units that would be built in four phases, Zoning Officer Tim Weis said.

It would be at the corner of Newlins and Richmond roads.

Country Meadows officials made their pitch at the Dec. 20 conditional use hearing.

Representatives said they've operated similar nursing homes in Bethlehem Township, Allentown and Upper Macungie Township.

While the conditional use was granted, there are still more steps before the project would be finalized.

Supervisor David Billings called for a traffic study with emphasis on the busy Newlins/Richmond intersection.

Supervisor Dan Martyak wanted bus stops to be examined as to not put children in any harm's way with traffic coming and going from the nursing home.

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