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The future location of Indiana’s Pennsylvania State Police barracks and the future of a property next door to the current barracks were among matters before the White Township Planning Commission on Tuesday night.

By unanimous votes the commission gave its blessing to four projects.

Hudson Advisors Indiana LP was given approval for its final site proposal for a new state police operation on a 19.339-acre property at Fenton Road and Route 286. An 18,774-square-foot building will be built there, with emergency access to Route 286 and 127 parking spaces.

Hudson Advisors Indiana LP is part of a Hermitage-based company that is contractor for several state police properties across the commonwealth. Township Manager Milt Lady said plans for the new barracks include provisions for visitors and could perhaps serve as a future training site. An impound area is included.

Lady said this morning that Hudson is looking to get started with the new barracks as soon as possible but have not given any time frame for the construction. Any work would be under a contract with the state Department of General Services, but details were not available from that agency at press time.

Lady also said the township has not been informed about what may happen to the existing barracks along Route 286.

Next door to those barracks is the former Novosel Realty & Auctioneering property at 4145 Route 286, acquired by Diamond Drug Inc. for a new facility that will have shipping and receiving areas, 264 parking spaces and employ 200.

“They’re looking to add a second floor,” Lady said. “There are no stormwater issues, so there are no problems with the plan.”

In two cases, commission approval came with conditions regarding bonding for public improvements and stormwater management plans.

One is a final site plan for the Alice Paul House shelter, part of an agency aiding victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes, in a 14,026-square-foot building that will have 46 parking spaces.

“State of the art fencing and security will be provided,” Lady told the commission. “It will tie into the current stormwater system. The sewer will be built to White Township specifications.”

Bonding also will be required for public improvements and stormwater management for Tree Monkeys, whose revised site plan off College Lodge Road also was given the township planners’ approval.

The planning commission also voted to hold its next review meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 3 and its reorganization meeting as well as its first regular voting meeting of 2018 at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 9.