Maxatawny Township Supervisors approved a set of agreements necessary for the developer of University Village, a 187-unit apartment complex just north of the Borough of Kutztown, to proceed with the project.
In December, the township's supervisors balked at giving Grande Partnership, Sinking Spring, final approval for the plan until these agreements were signed.
The agreements, approved at the board's March 1 meeting, steer future improvements to the property, regulate storm water management, preserve a portion of land for future development near the Route 222 bypass and transfer ownership of Short Lane.
University Village would be built on 23 acres of land east of College Boulevard along Short Lane and near the Route 222 bypass.
Some property lies within the Borough of Kutztown and the project required approval from both municipalities to proceed.
Kap Stauffer, township manager, said one outstanding agreement that regulates sewage capacity must be signed before the project breaks ground.
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State recommends removal
of university crosswalks
Kutztown University created crosswalks across Kutztown Road to safely usher students across the busy road. But the state has recommended their removal.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) said the removal of mid-block crosswalks would alleviate traffic problems along Kutztown Road.
Kap Stauffer read a letter from PennDOT that was sent to Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Chief Bryan Ross, who requested a review of the many complaints due to traffic back- ups through the university, Stauffer said.
Kutztown Road, which turns into Route 222, is a state-maintained highway.
Kutztown University did not apply for, nor receive, permits from the township to create the mid-block crosswalks, Stauffer said.
Jill Nagy, township solicitor, said the township should not issue permits, otherwise it would have to conduct an expensive study of its own and would then assume liability.
The board authorized Chris Falencki, township engineer, to tell the university to include the crosswalks in their upcoming traffic study.
Shopping center developer
The developer of a proposed shopping center off Route 222 near Hilltop Road has submitted an application for a review of their plan.
Gambone Development Co., East Norriton Township, Montgomery County, filed an application on March 1 for a conditional use hearing. The township has 60 days to comply.
The site sits on approximately 40 acres of land off Route 222, Jill Nagy, township solicitor, said. Further details were not available.