A six-parcel of land at the corner of First and Maynard streets may be developed for commercial purchase following a recent city council vote.
The Board approved the grouping of lots for a company identified as Revapuri.
Gary Knarr, the city’s zoning officer, was in attendance to explain how the owner planned to build a facility with commercial uses on the first floor such as restaurants and laundromats and upper floors to be used as residential accommodation.
The neighborhood is near the entrance to the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The council also approved a request to demolish the college to raze a residential property at 971 Second St.
The property was in trust and the college bought it to remove the dilapidated condition, Knarr said.
Council authorized a subdivision for James Hepler at 917 Arch Street. The lot will have a building and the residual lot will have a structure. Hepler got a waiver from the Zoning Hearing Panel because of a backyard issue he was facing. The property is in the commercial area, Knarr said.
In other actions, the board:
• Authorization of a certificate of suitability for the Genetti Hotel at 202 W. Fourth St. for registration.
• Street line coating and sealing contracts approved for $ 40,000.
• Delayed a proposal to use $ 60,000 in community development block grant funds from COVID-19 assistance for five electronic panels. The Council considered that a more in-depth examination of the proposal was necessary before proceeding to the vote.
• Use of $ 8,000 and $ 9,000 per year for a full-time AmeriCorps employee to be hired once the city commits to a full-time position in the public works building recreation department. Kayla Drummond, the city’s recreation coordinator, said she had organized four events between October and December. During the off season, the employee will work with Drummond to prepare a proposed service budget and manage payroll and check requests.
• Postponed the appointment of Justin Snyder, Chief of Municipal Police, to the post of Director of Public Security.