Car Lot to Car WashFree Access


The proposed car wash will be built on the site of the Klick-Lewis pre-owned car lot on East Main Street (above).

The proposed car wash will be built on the site of the Klick-Lewis pre-owned car lot on East Main Street (above).

Proposed new development projects in the borough were big items of interest at the Palmyra Borough Council meeting of March 8.

Ventura Real Estate wishes to build a 90-unit apartment building at 101 N. Harrison St. And, there is a plan before the Palmyra Planning Commission for a car wash at 800 East Main Street, the current location of the Klick-Lewis pre-owned car lot.

Several tracts of land would be combined to accommodate the Rolling Thunder Express Car Wash. This would be an automated drive-through operation.

Borough manager Roger Powl said that the Planning Commission could approve the project in another month.

The Harrison Street project involves tearing down part of an existing building, which housed the Aradiant Corporation, and retrofitting the rest for residential use. The effort would create major up-front expense to the developer and a significant tax revenue stream.

It was noted that a building at that scale might have a valuation of about $14 million and bring in an annual property tax revenue of $250,000. While good for Palmyra, such a burden might be prohibitive to the property owner.

The new 90- unit apartment building will be built at 101 N. Harrison St., where Aradiant (left) is currently located. Photos: Michael Eitland.

The new 90- unit apartment building will be built at 101 N. Harrison St., where Aradiant (left) is currently located. Photos: Michael Eitland.

Borough Council thus discussed helping Ventura avoid some of the early tax burden by applying for the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program.

The program provides tax abatement options which exempt or lessen local taxes on revitalization project developers in the early years of their development’s operation.

The consensus of opinion was that the proposed 90- unit project is desirable for Palmyra and could also generate spin-off development.

Board vice president Tom Miller suggested that, “fixing up that building would attract high-end renters, and a project like that would encourage others to do something.”

Public Park Survey

The board spent some time discussing possible additional recreation uses for the Heritage, Palmyra Memorial and Southeast Parks. It decided to have the administration craft a survey to get public input on that question. The survey will be mailed out with the sewer bills and/or borough newsletter.

Borough council member Anthony Catalani II liked the survey idea, saying, “I don’t know what kind of reaction we’ll get, but it’s worth trying.”

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