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Board approves WB Homes conditional use

At the Sept. 11 meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners voted to approve the WB Homes conditional use.

The commissioners’ vote only approves the conditional use, and WB Homes will have to come before the board again to get approval for the land development plan.

WB Homes hopes to use its Rural Road property to construct 116 units for residents older than 55. The property is located in an R3A, or special care community residential, district.

Christopher Canavan, WB Homes president, said the 27-acre property is bordered by Rural Road on the west and the Brynwood Drive development to the east.

Canavan discussed various criteria required by the township.

The development’s primary entrance will be off Rural Road. It will also have three emergency access connections from Brynwood Drive, Elizabeth Court and Rural Road near Fellowship Community.

Commissioners were concerned about traffic or a car accident backing up the single entrance and exit.

A communal clubhouse, located near the center of the development, will provide space for a fitness center, community kitchen and dining and other activities.

Sidewalks and trees will be located throughout the development, Canavan said. The community will contain 30-foot-wide streets, large enough for two travel lanes and parking on one side, as marked.

In other business, commissioners approved the purchase of 39 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, totaling $53,561, as well as a land development plan for 2601 and 2631 MacArthur Road. The redevelopment plan includes a car wash, entertainment facility and two other retail buildings.

Commissioners will next meet 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.