Lancaster General To Build Facility at 30 and 10

This from Friday morning’s Daily Local News:

SADSBURY — Lancaster General Hospital is continuing its march into Chester County.

The hospital is seeking final approval from Sadsbury supervisors to build a outpatient facility on the southeast corner of routes 30 and 10. Hospital officials and the property’s developer, The Provco Group of Villanova, are scheduled for the supervisors’ August meeting.

Once final approvals are in hand, the next step will be filing applications for building and other permits.

The yet-to-be-named outpatient facility is a $15 million investment for Lancaster General, and the hospital’s second Chester County location.

In April 2010, the hospital opened the Lancaster General Health Express, an urgent care center in the Walmart Supercenter at the West Sadsbury Commons, on the southwest corner of routes 30 and 10.

At the express, certified registered nurse practitioners provide treatment for common illnesses such as sinus infections, earaches, strep throat and rashes, as well as health screenings, immunizations and physicals for sports activities, camps and schools.

Lancaster General has trained its focus on western Chester County because of its residential growth.

“One of the fastest growing areas in the region is along the Routes 30 and 10 corridor, where Lancaster and Chester Counties meet,” said Susan Wynne, senior vice president for business development at Lancaster General Health.

Read the entire article online here.

The notes from Sadsbury Township’s Planning Commission May 12, 2011 meeting describe the project in more detail:

Money quote:

Mr. Donaldson informed the members of their intent to make the wet basin a part of a walking trail in keeping with their philosophy. Also, they would like to eliminate the need for an elevator by taking  advantage of the contour of the land. He informed us of the intent to have Urgent Care, MRI, physician’s offices, and a testing facility and in the view of the patients, a pond setting. The applicant told us they plan to begin the construction in June or July or when approved.

The minutes in their entirety as it relates to the hospital project:

NEW BUSINESS: Sadsbury Commons (Medical Office Building) Preliminary Land Development Application

Represented by Mr. Michael Gill Esq. Attorney, for the project, Lancaster General Hospital Medical Representative, Mr. Joseph Donaldson and Project Manager, Mr. Douglas Murray, of Stantec Consulting.

Received in advance by the members:

1. A letter dated May 6, 2010 from Mr. Grafton’s office
2. A letter dated April 19, 2010 from Mr. MacCombie’s office.
3. A letter dated April 29, 2010 from M & M, Menke and Menke LLC, the Landscape consultants for the Township

4. A copy of the plans dated 3/17/10

Mr. Gill gave an overview of the Plan, for the construction of the Medical Office Building or Building ‘P” as referenced in the original submitted plans. They will pursue this construction separately as timelines are in place. 

There will be a single driveway entrance to access the building from Rt. #10. It will be abandoned when the final “Connector Rd” is built. It was noted that the zoning is compliant with this building. Mr. Gill stated that the Traffic Impact Study which is now in progress will include this driveway separately in Phase 1.

 Mr. Gill also informed the members that the land will be sold to Lancaster General Medical  Office Building. This will not include the basin however. The plan will be amended to reflect this fact.  He also stated that the SALDO does allow the development to occur in parts. All can be part of the whole for zoning but separated for sales purposes.  

 Mr. Gill went on to respond to comments from the consultants: All the letters reflect the Consultant requests for the inclusion of future features and the amenities in the plan now. 

 Mr. Gill responded that they are reluctant to do this as the market will drive the sales and will be reflected in the progress of the development. Mr. Grafton requests that this be a stand alone development. Mr. Gill referred to the SALDO as mentioned previously. Mr. Gill explained there will be a need for a temporary sewer treatment. Some of the ideas for the final sewer line placement were discussed but all present some problems or issues and could be reliant on an agreement with another municipality. 

Mr. Gill stated that discussions are still being held regarding this with each idea and it‘s issues but, no final decision has been made. Mr. Gill did note that the Act 537 Plan must be completed by the municipality to amend and add this property first. 

Also, he noted that the current plan does not permit public sewer yet. There will be public water from the beginning. The Landscape issue was discussed with the applicant showing a graphic depicting the required landscaping. It did not allow room to construct the building and was economically infeasible. They are requesting a Waiver for this and will agree to pursue conversations for a fee in lieu of the requirement. 

Mr. Gill did agree to include more plantings in response to the request of Menke and Menke. The applicant will add Leike Rd to the plan as requested.

The applicant stated that Mr. Stubing, who is the lighting consultant for the Township is reviewing this stand alone project for this phase. The members of the Planning Commission stated they thought the lighting for this project should match the rest of the development for height and style.  The applicant and LGH agreed. 

The storm water basin was discussed noting an easement was required with Hershey Motors as it is within 25’ of the property lines. 

Additionally discussed were the issues regarding the above ground and below ground basins and the applicant’s objections are based on costs. Mr. Gill stated that the DEP is ok with allowing the above ground version and that the request made was for esthetic reasons alone and that this can not be cost justified. Mr. Gill stated that now the basin will be a Detention style rather than a Retention style. He also stated some additional tests were being performed in the basin area as per the request of Mr. MacCombie. Mr. Gill said the pipes contained in the basin will be able to accommodate the flow from the Medical Office Building.

He also said they are working with AT&T for the Fiber Optic Lines per Mr. MacCombie’s request. 

Again he noted they will require a landscape waiver in response to the Menke & Menke letter.  

Mr. Gill stated that the applicant may want to shift the building slightly forward to be a little further away from the “Connector Rd”.

Mr. Donaldson informed the members of their intent to make the wet basin a part of a walking trail in keeping with their philosophy. Also, they would like to eliminate the need for an elevator by taking advantage of the contour of the land. He informed us of the intent to have Urgent Care, MRI, physician’s offices, and a testing facility and in the view of the patients, a pond setting. 

The applicant told us they plan to begin the construction in June or July or when approved.

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