A new Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to South Middleton Township.
Township supervisors unanimously approved a final land development plan for Dunkin’ Donuts that will be built at Alexander Spring Road and Dunwoody Drive near the new Pennsylvania State Police barracks now under construction.
“There’s definitely a lot of public interest in this,” supervisor Tom Faley said.
The 2,000-square-foot store will be built on a 0.828-acre lot. The Dunkin’ Donuts will feature a drive-thru, 22 parking spaces and seating for 18 people.
Supervisors also approved a number of waivers for the Dunkin’ Donuts project, including requirements for a preliminary plan, sidewalks, curb and sidewalks, and stormwater and infiltration issues.
“The project will involve a little bit of earthmoving, but not a lot of disturbance,” engineer John Snyder of RGS Associates said.
Developers said the eatery is scheduled to open in July, about the same time the new police barracks are expected to open. Township engineer Brian O’Neill said, however, that simply is a coincidence and not intentional. “It’s just the timing,” he said with a chuckle.
The new barracks will replace the State Police headquarters at 1500 Commerce Ave. in the township.
Also on Thursday, South Middleton supervisors accepted a proposal by Scott Akens of Akens Engineering Associates to close a portion of South Spring Garden Street for the installation of a quarry conveyor belt. The road is to close Feb. 18-24.
The board tabled the action last month because board president Bryan Gembusia said he first wanted Akens to check with the Carlisle and South Middleton school districts about school bus routes that potentially would be disrupted.
In May 2017, township supervisors approved a revised conditional use request by Union Quarries Inc. at 101 Bonnybrook Road for the construction of a new stone processing plant and internal access drive that will replace the company’s existing stone crusher. Under the revised plan, crushed stone product will be conveyed across the quarry for further processing and stockpiling through a tunnel beneath South Spring Garden Street instead of using public streets.
The 20-foot tunnel is intended to reduce neighborhood traffic delays and airborne dust caused by quarry transport trucks. The new stone crusher will be on the east side of South Spring Garden Street in the same area as the existing crusher.
“This is a big plus for the township. This is going to be a much safer situation with what you’re doing,” Faley told developers.
Akens said warning signs about the impending closure will be in place days in advance on both sides of the closure. Detour routes also will be posted.
“It’s very rare that something like this happens and the outcome is so good. The residents are happy and the township is happy,” Gembusia said.