MANSFIELD - Joe Grace, the owner of the I-99 Business Park, wants to help alleviate what he called the "critical need" for housing in Tioga County by building a 236-unit multi-family housing development at the park.
Grace; his attorney, Levi Woodward, of McNerny, Page, Vanderlin and Hall in Williamsport; and engineer Martin Eustace, of Eustace Engineering, presented their proposal to borough council Wednesday.
Though they were there to discuss "an issue with respect to development in the park," it turned out to potentially be a non-issue because zoning already may allow for such a development.
Traffic would be routed to the Route 6 entrance to the park, where a traffic signal likely would be needed.
Woodward told council the five-building development would encompass 18 acres, but it would bump up against the buffer zone along Brooklyn Street, a scenario that might not fly with residents, according to Councilman David Brown.
Councilwoman Heather Morgan asked how it would benefit the borough to allow such a development and Woodward said it would stop urban sprawl, isolating the population and provide housing for seniors.
Grace said at least 25 units would be set aside for seniors looking to downsize, either in a separate section of a building or a separate building.
Grace also said he would be willing to meet with Brooklyn Street residents to share his plans for the development and take input from them before proceeding.
Council decided to table any action on the plan until its building committee can meet with solicitors to discuss questions and then take up the matter again sometime in the next few months.
In other business, council:
Tabled the Mansfield Hose Co. request for a millage increase of 0.6 mills, generating $5,000 extra until after a June meeting with the company.
Appointed Brown and Morgan council representatives in a hose company meeting to discuss the matter,
Heard from Mayor Tom Wierbowski that the university commencement Saturday, next weekend's Relay for Life and the Bob Bridgman Memorial Run on Memorial Day all will be impacted by work being done on the university track. Commencement will be held inside Decker Gymnasium, the Relay for Life will be held at Smythe Park and the Bridgman run will start at the baseball field on campus.
Approved a resolution making Mansfield Ambulance Services primary emergency medical services provider for the borough.
Approved a request for a Memorial Day parade May 28.
Approved swimming pool staff for 2012.