Planning Commission Supports Monroe’s Application for Nearly $654,000 Multimodal Grant ::

CLARION, PA (EYT) – The Clarion County Planning Commission voted unanimously at its July meeting to send a letter of support for an application from the Township of Monroe for a $653,990.00 Multimodal Transit Project Grant. Trinity Point.

(Above photo: Trinity Point Transportation Project.)

The project would complement existing road infrastructure, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and increase use of existing public transportation in Monroe Township, according to Planning Commission Administrator Steve Ketner.

“They’re going to upgrade East Trinity Drive, Southview Drive, Monroe Woods Drive, which is the route to the sewage treatment plant,” Ketner said. “In addition, the grant will remove tiny concrete barriers on West Trinity Drive and dividers on West Trinity and East Trinity Drive, as well as a proposed sidewalk from West Trinity to the church, a bus shelter on North Point Drive and a bicycle parking project.

In the letter of support, Chairman Keith Decker writes, “This project meets several goals established by Clarion County’s comprehensive plan. Our mission is to improve multiple transportation options and safety for county residents and to assist in the development of Clarion County.

“Funding for this project will support residential development plans and improve the ability to attract and retain families in the community. Trinity Point in Monroe has been a development priority for many years and is part of Clarion County’s overall plan.

In other cases:

Champion Home Builders Inc. received preliminary approval for a 5,200 square foot lumber warehouse project in the Borough of Strattanville and Township of Clarion.

The new building will include an additional 10′ x 130′ gravel parking area on the southern portion of the existing gravel parking area, which is considered impermeable.

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Kerle Warehouse Holdings, LLC received final approval for a 16,000 square foot warehouse in Clarion Township. Kerle Tire Company received preliminary approval on May 15, 2019 to construct the warehouse building on the southeast portion of its 3.37 acre tire business parcel. A change request was also approved, waiving the location/screening requirement for the project.

Project of three small houses: Final approval has also been granted to Nonprofit Development Corporation (NDC) Inc. for the Three Tiny House project in Clarion Township.

The Applicant received Preliminary Land Development Approval on May 15, 2019 to construct three small homes of 7.5′ x 24.33′ each. A new 18ft wide gravel driveway has also been proposed to service the development with direct access from the Grand Avenue extension. It is expected that each tiny house will have two 10′ x 20′ parking spaces.

NDC also submitted a revised land development application that required each tiny house to be built with a size of 10’3.5″ x 28’4.25″. A variation application was also filed on the same date for an exemption from the 40-foot side setback requirement. Lateral setback distances of 20 feet on the west side and 31.74 feet have been approved.

Pennsylvania American Water Company: Final approval for a land development application has been granted for the Pennsylvania American Water Company and its Maple Drive lift station upgrade in Elk Township. PA Water removed an existing 45 square foot sewage lift station and completed construction of a new 274 square foot control/generator building. A new 84 square foot sewage lift station and a new 76 square foot valve/meter vault were also constructed, along with a new asphalt paved parking area. The project received preliminary approval on September 16, 2020.

Knox Township Municipal Authority: The Planning Commission has approved a state letter regarding the environmental review of the proposed Clarion County Development Block Grant for Knox Township Municipal Authority Sewer Lateral Facility.

“Clarion County has commenced an environmental review under CFR 24 Part 58 of the Knox Township Municipal Authority Sewer Lateral Facility Project. The project is proposed to be carried out under the CDBG County Community Development Block Grant Program,” wrote Kristi Amato, Director of Planning and CDBG Coordinator.

“The design work for this project is not complete. The results of the environmental review process will inform and (will be) incorporated into the final project design. The authority expects this project to begin in fall 2022 or spring 2023 if the environment is cleared.

Amato also noted that under the Environmental Review Process for Federally Funded/Assisted Activities, Clarion County will fully consider all responses to the consultation process before implementing, modifying or canceling the project. .

Knox Township is requesting CDBG funding totaling $178,562.00.

• Commission members present included Keith Decker, Fred Anderson, Joseph A. Burns Jr., Matthew Johnson, Roger M. Nulph and Hugh Henry.

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