Development involving former Heights Elementary to expand
Harrison and school officials thought either CVS or Sheetz would build a store along Freeport Road, but now both will.
Dale Greco of RBG Development told the Highlands School Board on Monday night that the plan changed for the better.
A CVS pharmacy proposed for the site of the now-closed Heights Elementary School will be moved. Greco said RBG is acquiring five residential properties on the same side of Freeport Road, between California and Oregon avenues, next to the school site.
“That means we will be shifting the pharmacy over and putting a Sheetz on the school site,” Greco said.
As for what the expanded project will cost, Greco said, “I'd estimate between $6 million and $7 million combined for the two projects.”
He said that includes on- and off-site improvements and building construction.
The change in the plan resulted because of the need for a traffic light.
“We were getting all set to go when the traffic engineers said it is not going to warrant a traffic light for a single-use (store),” Greco said.
He said that created a major problem because neither CVS nor Sheetz, which was initially considered for the Heights Elementary site, would build there without a traffic signal.
But building both stores would justify a traffic light at the Freeport Road-California Avenue intersection, according to Greco.
RBG has sales agreements on the five residential properties, according to Greco, and has an agreement with the school district to buy the Heights school for $1 million.
He said the projects have been approved internally by CVS and Sheetz and the next step is getting PennDOT approval for the traffic signal and zoning approvals from the township.
He projected that the approvals should occur within a year and the construction would take six months after that.
“I wish it had happened a little bit differently, but at the end of the day, it's a much better situation,” Greco told the board.
Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or email@example.com.
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