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South Middleton Township
Westmooreland community plans back in front of South Middleton supervisors

A townhome development that was in the works eight years ago is coming back for consideration by the South Middleton Township board of supervisors.

The board Thursday granted a 90-day extension for subdivision plans for the Westmooreland townhome community that is in the works at the intersection of Walnut Bottom Road and Allen Road.

According to supervisor Tom Faley, the extension was requested because the development is awaiting PennDOT approval for a permit for the installation of a fourth set of traffic lights at the main intersection, which will be the entrance to the community.

Another 90 days is a short time in comparison to how long the idea for this development has lingered in South Middleton.

The township board granted a conditional use for the project in April 2010, and a preliminary subdivision plan was submitted in March 2011, and later approved by the board.

With the economic downturn in the housing market in the same time period, developers were granted leeway with their projects. Faley said the development has been in a holding pattern ever since.

The development is back in front of the board, meeting the state’s extension timetable, and calls for 101 townhouse lots to be built in three phases.

In phase one, the plan calls for 28 lots to be constructed by the end of 2017. Another 40 lots will be constructed between 2018 and 2019, and 23 more lots will be constructed between 2019 and 2020.

The builder will be Brian McNew with Brim Builders, who was responsible for the development of SummerBridge in the township.

“He has had a good track record with the township,” Faley said. “He’s been easy to work with.”

The area is zoned residential moderate density, and the developers are Linwood Phillips and Robert Frey.

The builder will be Brian McNew with Brim Builders, who was responsible for the development of SummerBridge in the township.

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Carlisle
Police: Man struck while changing flat tire on I-81

State Police at Carlisle said a water tank truck struck a man and his vehicle on Interstate 81 north early Friday afternoon.

Police said they were contacted at 12:21 p.m. Friday for a pedestrian crash on I-81 north at mile marker 45.3 in South Middleton Township, between the College Street and Hanover Street exits.

Police said a man was outside of his vehicle changing a flat tire when he was struck by the truck. Both the man and his vehicle were on the berm of the road at the time.

Police said the man struck by the truck was flown from the scene. No other injuries are known at this time.

The incident and subsequent closure of the highway caused a backlog of traffic in downtown Carlisle, with heaviest traffic on Walnut Bottom Road, West High Street and North and South Hanover streets.

State Police crash reconstruction and forensics unit is on the scene, and traffic on I-81 north is reduced to one lane.

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Interstate 81 south was reopened at about 1:20 p.m. after Life Lion departed the scene of the crash. Traffic is restricted to the left lane on I-81 north.

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At about 1 p.m., all lanes of I-81 were closed in both directions. Life Lion was called out to respond to the crash.

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A crash has closed Interstate 81 north between the College Street and Hanover Street exits in Carlisle, according to PennDOT.

All lanes are closed, as of 12:55 p.m.

Due to the crash, there is a traffic backlog on I-81 north from Carlisle to Penn Township and in downtown Carlisle on West High Street, Walnut Bottom Road and North and South Hanover streets.

Traffic is also backlogged on I-81 south heading into Carlisle from the Middlesex exit.

Check back to Cumberlink.com as more information becomes available.


Michael Bupp, The Sentinel 

Life Lion leaves the scene of a crash on Interstate 81 north Friday.


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CPYB donor base grows

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is looking at significant growth this year as the nonprofit dance school continues to attract donors and students.

Contributions are projected to be up 18 percent in CPYB’s current fiscal year, which ends in August, said CEO Nicholas Ade.

“We have kids who are being raised in a classical ballet environment and being taught life lessons that go outside of their academic structure. I think that’s what our donors really respond to,” Ade said.

Many nonprofits started the year with fears that contributions would be down, given the recent federal tax overhaul that increased the standard deduction, potentially reducing the number of filers who itemize and use charitable contributions as tax breaks.

But CPYB’s donor pool has strengthened, Ade said.

“While the tax incentive is enticing, it isn’t the core reason why people give,” Ade said. “If anything, because of the relationships we’ve built, soliciting donors is easier.”

CPYB is also looking at significant enrollment growth since its expansion last year, which added 6,600 square feet to the organization’s main studio space on North Orange Street in Carlisle.

While CPYB’s largest programs take place in the summer, its fastest-growing classes are during the academic year. This school year, CPYB has 317 students enrolled — 92 more than last year, a growth of over 40 percent enabled by the added studio space.

Summer programs enroll roughly double the amount of students enrolled during the academic year.

“The summer is still our largest revenue generator, but the growth through the year is really adding a new dimension,” Ade said.

A study released in 2012 found that CPYB had a $5.7 million economic impact on the Carlisle region, a number that is certainly higher today given the group’s rapid growth, both in its own operating budget as well as the number of attendees CPYB programs bring in from outside the area.

“I think people are seeing growth, but they’re also seeing our ability to keep what got us here intact and not stray from our core mission,” Ade said.

Donation growth on both the individual and corporate side has been roughly even, Ade said. Reliable growth in the donor base has allowed CPYB to develop a roadmap for what it wants to add.

“We continue to look at how fast we can achieve our dreams, essentially, that list of things that we want to accomplish within the next three to five years. As we go along year to year, we start being able to prioritize what comes next,” Ade said.


Michael Bupp, The Sentinel 

Donald Grell talks with a guest during the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's Spring Open House last week.


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Carlisle
Carlisle approves plans for new El Rodeo

Carlisle Borough Council approved final land development plans Thursday for El Rodeo’s new location in the borough.

The restaurant will be at 398 E. High St., which is at the corner of East High and Spring Garden streets. The current location at 852 N. Hanover St. will be closed.

The liquor license attached to the current location is also expected to transfer. That transfer is listed as pending on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s website.

The building on High Street was previously a real estate office, and had been a 7-Eleven store in the 1990s.

The sale includes the former 7-Eleven as well as a larger building to the rear at 8 S. Spring Garden St., which had been a martial arts studio and has since been torn down.