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Springettsbury officials back developer's proposal for Mt. Zion Rd. traffic

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Traffic concerns took center stage at a meeting Thursday night to discuss a proposed shopping strip in Springettsbury Township.

Township planners, after a nearly two-hour debate on the shopping center, recommended that township officials put a seal of approval on the developer's proposal to improve traffic in the area, explained Jessica Fieldhouse, Springettsbury’s director of community development.

The new center, slated for the intersection of Mt. Zion Road and East Market Street, would include a 36,000-square-foot Lidl grocery store and a small Royal Farms convenience store.

Proposed traffic improvements, representatives for the developers said, would include:

· Right-turn and left-turn lane extensions on Concord Road.

· A left-turn lane extension on Mt. Zion Road.

· Extending the westbound off-ramp right-turn lane off of Route 30 onto Mt. Zion Road.

· Adding an additional lane on northbound Concord Road from Concord Business Center to the northernmost York County Prison driveway.

· Adding sidewalks along Concord Road and a portion of Mt. Zion Road.

· Traffic-signal timing modifications.

"It's a very busy corridor. There's a lot of traffic not related to our project, and the improvements we're proposing will make a significant improvement to the traffic conditions there,” said Joshua George, a York-based consultant for the project’s developers, Quattro Development LLC of suburban Chicago.

George works for civil-engineering, land-use planning and development consulting firm Snyder Secary & Associates LLC, which is based in Susquehanna Township.

The Springettsbury Planning Commission, an advisory board, recommended that township officials send a letter to the state Department of Transportation to signal their agreement with the plan, Fieldhouse said.

The commission spent time debating the wording of the letter and discussed some of the traffic issues along the Mt. Zion corridor, east of York, before eventually agreeing to back the proposed letter. One commission member said he wanted to be sure of what he was endorsing before he voted.

There was no support for the project itself included in the proposed letter.

Fieldhouse expects there to be discussion of the project at the next commission meeting, on June 15.

The store, if approved by Springettsbury officials, would be near the southeast corner of the 30/Mt. Zion Road interchange, just north of Concord Road.

Lidl, the European grocery giant, also has announced plans to build two other York County stores: across Richland Avenue from York College, in Spring Garden Township; and along Carlisle Road in Dover Township.

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