After months of working through East Whiteland Township, Frazer Lanes finally received Conditional Use Approval. The Frazer Lanes project began to take shape back in March of 2016 when GMH Partners began preparing sketches for a 5-story apartment building with an attached parking garage on the properties currently occupied by the Norcini Trailer Park and Frazer Lanes Bowling Alley. GMH was working with land planner Bob Heuser to develop a conceptual layout when they approached D.L. Howell to provide civil engineering including conceptual storm water management design. At the same time GMH was also working with East Whiteland Township to develop a Multifamily Route 30 Overlay District within the Frontage Commercial District that would allow for this type of development. GMH continued to negotiate with other adjoining property owners and was able to acquire a total of 4 parcels totaling 5.105 acres. The result of all this planning became development for a 4-story apartment complex with 227 units, 4-story parking garage with 257 parking spaces and 73 exterior surface parking spaces.
D.L. Howell worked closely with the project team including; Riley Riper Hollin and Colagreco Attorneys, Lessard Design Group Architects, Orsatti & Stuart Landscape Architects, and Traffic Planning & Design Traffic Engineers to refine the site layout and renderings after review and approval from East Whiteland Township Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Some of the challenges with the project were incorporating the Route 30 Corridor improvements into the design that included; widening along the property frontage, adding site amenities, bike lane and drainage improvements. The project required extensive geotechnical subsurface exploration and testing due to the presence of sinkholes within Karst soil. This soil condition resulted in a network of underground storm-water management piping systems contained within impervious liners.
Upon receiving Conditional Use approval, Final Land Development Plans have been prepared and submitted to the Township for review. Those plans include detailed grading, utilities, erosion control, storm water management, site lighting, landscaping and PADOT Highway Occupancy drawings. The project also requires an Individual NPDES Permit since it is in an Exceptional Value Watershed. We anticipate all approvals to be secured in the mid-summer and construction will commence before the fall.