City planning approves step on Gateway project

The Williamsport Planning Commission on Monday gave a positive recommendation to Lycoming College’s request for a proposed eight-parcel lot consolidation to prepare Basin Street for widening.

Basin Street, between East Fourth and East Third, is scheduled to be for traffic in both north and south directions as part of the college’s expansion and new entrance, said Gary Knarr, city zoning administrator.

To “clean up zoning, the college needs to consolidate eight parcels and have a land dedication to the city,” Knarr said.

The parcels are now separate parking lots, he said.

The project requires compliance with the Pennsylvania Municipal Code.

The city will get a part of the land in the dedication to allow for its contractors to widen Basin Street.

Basin Street will then connect to the realigned Franklin Street and the entrance to the Krapft Administration building.

While the commission easily gave the proposals a positive recommendation, there also was more discussion on future land development proposed at Penn and East Third streets.

The proposal is to have a building currently housing a hair salon demolished and transform that lot into a large shopping complex with about six units, including a restaurant, Knarr said.

There is already interest because four of the units that are proposed have been spoken for, he said.

As part of the redevelopment of the ‘gateway’ developer Benjamin Stopper received a positive recommendation for a certificate of appropriatness for a building he owns at 333 E. Third St.

Stopper plans to reface the building with brick and add a canopy. He is seeking development at the redeveloped site, Knarr said.

The brick front will match was exists facing Penn Street, Knarr said.

Other positive recommendations were given by the commission for a two signs for 321 Pine St and a roll up door with a wood trim at that location and a wall mounted sign at 47 W. Fourth St.

City Council is scheduled to review the certificates for decisions at the next council meeting.