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WHITE TOWNSHIP: Creps receives approval for final site plan

by HEATHER ROTH hroth@indianagazette.net on April 10, 2013 10:50 AM

A final site plan for the new Creps United Publications plant at the Windy Ridge Business and Technology Park was approved Tuesday at the White Township Planning Commission’s monthly meeting, pending the purchase of 51 sewer taps and a building permit.

The planners also approved a subdivision plan that separates out a 9.415-acre plot for the Creps plant from the 197-acre Windy Ridge property, which is owned by the Indiana County Development Corporation.

Creps United is rebuilding from an October fire that caused about $75 million in damage, destroyed the plant along Christy Park Drive off Philadelphia Street, put as many as 180 people out of work and left the company’s future in doubt.

Chris Anderson, the township’s code enforcement officer, said what could have been a significant road block was averted when the county agreed to move an easement for the township’s forced-main sewer line. The line was uncovered about 20 feet off from where it should have been, putting it a few feet outside the township’s easement.

How that occurred will be discussed at the next sewer authority meeting.

Byron Stauffer, executive director of the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development, said this morning that the county will finish the first phase of site preparation by April 23, and that Creps is planning to start construction the next day. He said the county is also close to seeking bids to bring in utilities; that phase of the project begins April 16, he said.

Anderson also told the planners that he was sending a letter to AutoZone on Oakland Avenue, asking them to acquire a sliver of property next to them via subdivision rather than a long-term lease, as they had proposed; and to Thomas Hall, saying the township would approve the construction of a peaked roof, but that another level for student housing would violate height restrictions in the township.

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