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July 10, 2014

Work begins at 42-acre Commons

— LEWISBURG — Infrastructure preparation is under way at the Pennsylvania House Commons property, as the 42-acre East Buffalo Township site is being readied for drainage, roads and other support systems necessary before buildings go up, the developer said Wednesday.

Meridian Development Partners of New York said off-site improvements have begun for constructing common roads and utilities to serve the 8-year-old project, including about nine acres for a Giant Food Store, CVS pharmacy and retail shopping center.

Meridian recently sold that section of property to JC Bar Properties of Camp Hill, which will build the retail spaces.

An official construction ground-breaking remains to be scheduled, said Thomas Zorn, supervisors chairman of East Buffalo Township. A construction meeting with Leon E. Wintermyer Inc., of Goldsboro, and development and township officials is taking place this week.

Wintermyer was awarded about $1.8 million in work under Housing and Redevelopment Assistance and Infrastructure Development Program grants, including about $1.2 million for offsite improvements, such as work on 15th Street on the western side and 10th and 11th streets on the southern side, plus parts of Route 45 and Wheat Alley.

Meanwhile, Meridian has hired SSH Real Estate of Philadelphia, a regional brokerage firm, to sell eight acres at the site to be subdivided into smaller parcels. The land is approved for an 80,000 square-foot medical office or hotel or a 180-unit apartment or senior housing development, said Adam Gillespie, SSH’s senior vice president.

 

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