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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • New signs needed for Ledges Hotel access

  • HAWLEY- Hawley Council approved the Land Development plan, August 13th, accommodating Hawley Silk Mill's new parking area, new uses for the warehouse and a second gate on top of Welwood Avenue.
    After reviewing recommendations from the Hawley Planning Commission, among other conditions placed on the approval are new signs to tell the public how to get to Ledges Hotel.
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  • HAWLEY-  Hawley Council approved the Land Development plan, August 13th, accommodating Hawley Silk Mill's new parking area, new uses for the warehouse and a second gate on top of Welwood Avenue.
        After reviewing recommendations from the Hawley Planning Commission, among other conditions placed on the approval are new signs to tell the public how to get to Ledges Hotel.
        Presently, customers are directed to travel up the Welwood Avenue hill and then go left, down the access road to the hotel property, just before the black steel gate.
        The new plan will place another gate just ahead of the steel gate that will be under the control of the Borough but maintained by the Hawley Silk Mill LLC. This will be opened for emergency access but not for the general public. The steel gate will still be in place, under control of the Silk Mill/Ledges Hotel management, to let guests go in and out on certain occasions.
       Customers will be directed to the entrance road to Ledges Hotel off of Falls Avenue and reached from Welwood by turning at Paupack Street.
       Temporary signs are to be put up, at least for one year, indicating "No access to Ledges Hotel" by going up the Welwood hill. A sign may be put up at the bottom of Atkinson, directing people to go left to Ledges (to reach Paupack Street on the right).
       A woman in the audience advised they they better make the signs big, since the public keeps missing the small signs.
       On top of Welwood just before the new gate, room will be given for a new turn-around, for those motorists still missing the signs and expecting to reach Ledges Hotel or get to Route 6 past the Silk Mill (as Welwood did before the top section was closed off in May 2010).
        This turn-around will allow a K-turn, said Lou Cozza, who works for Kiley Associates, the Borough's engineering firm.
         Attorney Anthony Waldron, who is a Hawley Silk Mill LLC partner, said that Lackawanna College did not have concerns about the plan regarding safety to their students or liability.
         The warehouse is to be converted for leasing to retail and office tenants, similar to the uses of the Silk Mill. A new parking area will be established where the house was purchased and taken down, just below the steel gate.
    SEE THE MID-WEEK NEWS EAGLE FOR MORE MEETING ITEMS.

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