A land development plan for a new Blaise Alexander Chevrolet-Buick car dealership near the Lycoming Mall was approved by the Lycoming County Planning Commission Thursday evening.
The new facility, which is planned to be a 46,981-square-foot structure with office space, a car showroom, parts, storage and garage space, will be situated along the Muncy Township and Fairfield Township border.
The almost 20-acre site is just off the Interstate 180 exit near the mall, west of the Alexander Nissan dealership, according to Joshua A. Billings, county Subdivision and Land Development Administrator.
Access to the new dealership will be off of Alexander Drive in Muncy Township.
William Parsons made a motion to accept the plan on the condition that the facility's sewer plan meet Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority standards and that it be dedicated to the authority at a future date.
Planning commission members also approved a land development plan for construction of a commercial garage and office space to be used by Pennsylvania General Energy on property owned by Roderick and Betty Chambers in Porter Township.
The 7.12-acre development will be within a larger 14.18-acre parcel owned by the Chambers' on the south side of Railroad Street in the township, Billings said.
William Kelly, county Department of Planning and Community Development deputy director, also bid farewell to outgoing commission members and solicitor Charles F. "Skip" Greevy III.
Terms for members Ann S. Pepperman and Robert E. Bauder also expired. More than 80 years of service have been put in between the three, Kelly said.
"Together, these three individuals brought their professional acumen and experience to bear on several thousand development projects, land subdivisions and numerous plans that helped shape and guide Lycoming County," Kelly read from a statement.
Kelly cited their work on projects such as Lycoming College and Pennsylvania College of Technology expansions, construction of the Market Street Bridge, Susquehanna Health campus expansions and upgrades and development of the natural gas industry in the county.
"Their balanced, common sense-approach enabled the commission to integrate both environmental and development points of view and consistently craft sound decisions," he said.
Greevy praised the professionalism of county planning and community development staff and commission members.
"We, in Lycoming County, are a model for the commonwealth for this type of development," he said.