Sheetz Palmer Project Stalled Again

Palmer Township supervisors grant developer another extension to build Sheetz convenience store off Route 248.

While the CVS store nears completion, the proposed on the other side of Northwood Center has stalled once again.

Solicitor Charles Bruno informed the Tuesday night that developer Strausser Enterprises, in an Aug. 23 letter, has once again requested an extension on its Sheetz project.

The board granted Strausser an extension until Nov. 30.

"Strausser is not quite ready to enter into an agreement with the township," Bruno said.

Strausser stated that it is still awaiting approvals from the

"If they don't have PennDOT approval, a couple more months don't hurt us," Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver said.

Meanwhile, something else has stalled with Strausser.

That was the township's proposal to approve spending $250,000 to help develop the intersection at Route 248 and Kingston Road, including the installation of a traffic light.

"As you are aware, we're trying to come to terms with an improvements agreement that's been pending now for a few months," Bruno said.

That proposal has also stalled, he said, because Strausser is trying to work things out where Sheetz "would come in and do the work."

The supervisors did approve Bruno's recommendation to spend $13,900 for Traffic, Planning and Design Inc. to conduct an engineering design of the area where the traffic light would be located.

"Maybe it would aid us in defining the scope and cost of construction," Bruno said.

Supervisor Bob Lammi agreed.

"We have to get moving to put that light in and do those road improvements," Lammi said.

"It's a big concern," Colver said. "The CVS is awfully close to opening in the next couple of months. But we're 100 percent behind a traffic lighted intersection."

The Sheetz is expected to be the biggest one in the Lehigh Valley when completed.


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