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Canton of Mannheim. curators comment on the conceptual plan for a cultural and worship center | Community News

When: Meeting of the commissioners of the canton of Mannheim, 11 April.

What happened: A concept plan for a cultural and religious center that hosts celebrations for people of South Asian descent is under consideration in the township. Council held a public hearing on a petition to change the text of the zoning ordinance to expand the existing definition of a conference/event center to include the words “cultural” and “place of worship”. Manheim Township Director/Zoning Officer Lisa Douglas said the applicant had applied to use the center as a secondary use for a project of two separate buildings – a proposed 108-room hotel and a 12,000 two-story conference. square feet/event center on 3.3 acres on Enterprise Road, a private road off Manheim Pike off Delp Road.

Background: Attorney Sheila O’Rourke, sitting for Township Attorney J. Dwight Yoder, conducted the hearing. Claudia Shank, an attorney at McNees, testified, along with Kevin Ember, project manager at RETTEW, and Shakher Patel, the plaintiff and owner. The hotel would be a business, Ember said. The conference/event center would likely be a nonprofit faith-based place of worship available for rental to people of all faiths, Shank said in an email after the meeting. “The plans are still conceptual at this stage,” Shank wrote, noting that the Manheim Township Planning Commission and the Lancaster County Planning Commission have recommended the project for approval.

comments: There were no public comments during the hearing; however, commissioner Barry Kauffman said he thought the project “seemed like a great idea”.

And after: If council adopts the updated ordinance and variances are approved by the township zoning hearing board, the applicant will proceed with a land use plan.

Grandview Lane Properties: Council voted unanimously to allow Yoder to represent the municipality in a land use appeal following council’s decision last month to deny Charter Homes & Neighborhoods’ Grandview Strand project on 26.42 acres at 1251 New Holland Pike for 204 apartments in eight buildings and 6,400 square feet of office space, as well as recreational pathways and dedicated open space.

Background: Many neighbors object to the project because the traffic study was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, which they say does not accurately describe the impact of increased traffic .

Jaycee Park: The council voted 3 to 2 to allow the municipality to use $102,600 from its American Rescue Plan Act for the second phase of a park rehabilitation project. Board Chair Donna DiMeo and Kauffman voted against. Kauffman said he opposes the request because ARPA funds are expected to be used for projects such as car charging stations, solar power and stormwater management. The council awarded a contract for the project to the lowest bid of $512,600 by Kinsley Construction Inc.

Coffee with a cop: Residents and taxpayers will have the opportunity to speak to a police officer from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on April 15 at Starbucks in The Crossings. In addition, the public will salute the police officers during Law Enforcement Night at a Manheim Township High School baseball game on April 29.

Coffee with the curators: Commissioners John Bear and Kauffman will meet with residents and ratepayers from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 14 at the Township of Manheim Municipal Office, 1840 Municipal Drive.

K-9 Dogs: Police Chief Thomas Rudzinski says two drug-sniffing dogs will soon arrive at the police department.

And after: The board will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on April 18 on abandoned and scrapped vehicles and equipment at 2310 Fruitville Pike, followed by a special workshop meeting at 6:00 p.m. on places2040, a guide for future planning and growth policy in Lancaster County.