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South Ab. gives conditional OK on assisted living plans

March 05. 2013 6:45PM
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SOUTH ABINGTON TWP - Supervisors reviewed plans for a new assisted living facility in the township during their Feb. 25 meeting in South Abington Township.

Millett Real Estate plans to build a facility at 1300 Morgan Highway, the site where Amici Restaurant once stood.

Timothy Aikman, a Dalton-based architect, drew up the plans for the new facility, which will house 40 residents. Twenty-four residents will reside in a separate single-story “memory care” unit, which is designed to house people with dementia.

“There will need to be a couple changes, which I discussed with Mr. Aikman,” township manager David O’Neill said.

Those changes include a few landscaping details and the transfer of sewage equivalent dwelling units to the project, a move that would have to be approved by the Abington Regional Wastewater Authority.

“It will be two stories from the Morgan Highway side and it will open up three stories in the back,” Aikman said.

The building’s footprint won’t be much larger than the original site, he added. The township’s planning commission conditionally approved the plans, provided that the plans included suggested changes. Aikman plans to appear before the board once more for final approval.

In other business, township officials met with members of the Parks and Recreation committee regarding plans to renovate South Abington Park. Landscape architect Tom McClane drew up plans for the renovation, and the township plans to break the project into phases, according to O’Neill.

“We did hash out a new plan whereby we’re looking to do some of the work this year while the park is closed and we’re looking to apply for a grant from Pa. DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) in order to get more equipment for the park,” he said.

The township hopes to secure a grant for the rest of the park construction, which is slated for spring 2014 and will include new playground equipment.

“Some of the work really doesn’t need to be done until the spring for the following year,” O’Neill said.

For the first phase of the project, which will take place this summer, the township plans to renovate the baseball and soccer fields as well as the basketball court. New sidewalks will be installed as well in accordance with Americans with Disabilities Act rules, he added.

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