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Springettsbury officials look for movement on stalled duplex

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Construction is at a standstill on property at Eastern Boulevard and South Royal Street in Springettsbury Township, Friday, June 14, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A telephone pole that caused delays in the construction of a duplex project and frustrated nearby property owners in Springettsbury Township has been removed, township officials said.

The pole, owned be Verizon, was previously blocking the stormwater management system at the property located on the corner of Eastern Boulevard and South Royal Street.

With the pole moved, township manager Ben Marchant said the developer is able to come and pick up a reactivated permit and resume construction.

Marchant said he "expects the project to get back on track."

"It's painful to have projects like this linger," Marchant said. "(The developer) will be in when they'll be in."

Construction is at a standstill on property at Eastern Boulevard and South Royal Street in Springettsbury Township, Friday, June 14, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Though efforts are being made to get the project back on track, residents at the most recent board of supervisors meeting expressed other concerns relating to the stalled project.

"Can the garbage cleanup please take place?" said Dana Alwine at the July 25 meeting. "There are piles of construction debris, there is a down tree, there is a mound of dirt."

Jessica Fieldhouse, the director of community development, said the township has outstanding notices to the developer to clean up the debris. 

The developer has taken notice and informed Springettsbury Township the debris would be cleaned up by the end of the week, said Fieldhouse.

Calls Tuesday to Andy Kagen, an attorney representing developer Eastern Boulevard LLC, were not returned.

"I think we've been bending over backward to allow this developer time to take care of things, and I think we should proceed with some type of enforcement," said board Chairman Mark Swomley.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.