By Bradley Schlegel

Times Staff

The Colebrookdale Township Board of Commissioners approved five variances to reconfigure Cherry Lane in order to accommodate three pending residential developments.

The new road, whose design is 90-percent complete, will connect Cherry Lane with Spring Garden Road near the Mel-Dor Motel. The township's planning commission approved the design in September.

Engineer John P. Sarter said the only other alternative would be to rebuild Cherry Lane, which would be costly and could adversely affect drainage.

The board also tabled a response to a certified letter it received from a developer. Heritage Building Group notified the board that it is willing to proceed with the first half of a traffic impact study, even though the study is not required by law.

However, Heritage said it would not participate in the second part, which will commence after the Swamp Creek Bridge is completed. Commissioners Chairman Todd Gamler said completion of the bridge isn't expected until 2007.

In other news

Local realtor Randy Doaty introduced his plan to build condominiums on a four-acre plot on Englesville Road. Doaty presented architectural drawings of the 10 single-floor units he plans to build.

Doaty said Englesville Cottage Condominiums, which would cater to people over 55, is inspired by the market. He wants to build two-bedroom condos with two bathrooms and a two-car garages.

The developer believes the proximity to the bandshell in the Boyertown Community Park and Philadelphia Ave. will be a draw.

"I came here to ask Colebrookdale Township if it wants to be pioneers," said Doaty, who recently bought the property and is in the process of removing eight trailers.

"For people between 55 and 75 years of age, there is an increasing demand. These condos are going to be top shelf."

Doaty said the residents would tap into the public sewer and water lines.

The commissioners hired two full-time police officers. William Hannan and Matthew Ellis will soon begin a one-year probationary period.

Rod Martin from Martin Stone Quarry told the commissioners he contacted the planning commission about his intention to rezone a piece of land it just purchased. The commissioners instructed the company to fill out a formal application request for the plot adjacent to the quarry.

The commissioners went into executive session. Emerging seven minutes later, they announced the hiring of Jacqueline LaBudie, the township secretary, as the new police secretary.

Contact reporter Bradley Schlegel at 610-367-6041, ext. 240 or

bschlegel@berksmontnews.com.

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