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WHITE TOWNSHIP: Hotel, dealership plan OK'd

by on July 10, 2013 11:00 AM

Delaney Indiana LLC will develop a hotel and second automobile dealership on an 11-acre parcel of land at the site of Delaney Honda at Oakland Avenue and Route 422.

The White Township planning commission on Tuesday approved a final site plan for the 20,000-square-foot Hyundai/Subaru dealership and an 82-room, three-story hotel.

The dealership will be on the east side of the property.

Construction of the car dealership is set to begin this summer, said Jack Delaney, of Delaney Automotive.

It is expected to open in late 2014 and will employ 25 people.

The hotel will be “a select service product” and will “almost certainly” be a Holiday Inn Express or a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, said Tom Delaney, managing member of Oakland 422 LLC.

It is expected to open in early 2015 and will employ approximately 25 people.

“We look forward to commencing construction on the project as it will provide new hotel rooms, new jobs and new tax revenue for the Indiana area,” he said.

A cost estimate for the project was not available.

Approval of the site plan was granted pending several conditions that still need to be met.

Chris Anderson, assistant township manager and code enforcement officer, said pending items include final approval of a stormwater management plan, granting of a modification to allow the building height to exceed the township limit of 33 feet and approval by township supervisors regarding work to a slope easement.

The development is also pending a finalized agreement with two neighboring property owners regarding the relocation of a private road, Nehrig Drive.

The Delaneys expect that agreement to be signed next week.

The plan was approved 4-1, with member George Lenz voting against the project.

In other business, the planning commission:

• Approved a final site plan for a five-unit townhouse complex at 550 Grandview Ave. for B&L Properties II LP.

The 4,300-square-foot building will be 34 feet tall, with 28 parking spaces, Anderson said.

• Approved a final site plan to replace a sign at Indiana First Bank, 475 Ben Franklin Road South.



Margaret Harper has served as a Gazette staff writer since 2006. She covers Clymer Borough, the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District and Blairsville court, and also works in the areas of layout, design and editing. She can be reached at mharper@indianagazette.net.
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