AlliedNews.com - Grove City, Pennsylvania

May 2, 2014

Springfield, GC moving forward

By Monica Pryts/Staff Writer
Allied News

GROVE CITY AREA — Springfield Township and Grove City borough officials are taking the next step in moving forward with various projects that could bring more jobs and tax revenues to the region.

Judith Hassler, chair of the board of township supervisors, and Rick Dillaman, co-chair, attended Monday's borough council meeting to further discuss some of the ideas that came up at the March 28 annual meeting of the 79-80 Interstate Development Corp.; Supervisor Gary Hartman was unable to attend.

Plans are in the works for Springfield Commons and Candlewood Suites - two retail developments in the township that will include hotels and possibly restaurants and stores, Dillaman said.

The township needs to work with the borough and surrounding municipalities on identifying the obstacles -- one of which the IDC folks has said is water and sewer availability for new developments since Springfield is near capacity; driving all of this is new jobs, economic development and more tax dollars, he said.

"This is today. We need to look at what we can do to move forward," council President George Pokrant said, noting any "negative feelings" are in the past.

Council members Jeffrey Black, also vice president, and Joel Bigley agreed.

"It's all in our best interest to start working together," Bigley said.

Penn-Northwest put together a "thoughtful study" showing some projected economic impact figures for the region, estimating that those new jobs could lead to millions of dollars in local spending and property tax revenues, Black said.

The Penn-Northwest report shows nine developers have plans for the area, which could create more than 800 jobs, Dillaman said.

"It's a regional issue. It's not a Springfield issue. It's not your issue," he told council.

Borough engineer Dan Goncz said he'll have to see if the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will let the borough -- which is in the middle of improving and renovating its wastewater treatment plant -- update its last sewage treatment plan from 2011 to include a special study containing information from Springfield and neighboring towns about the potential for increased amounts of flow.

"You want to do this all at once," Goncz said.

It might be best for all of the engineers to meet and make a list of priorities, and then get back to the various town leaders, Black said, with Dillaman agreeing.

The next step would be for representatives from those municipalities to meet, Hassler said.

Published April 23, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.