PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - A conditional use has been granted to Harmony Presents in Palmyra Township. At the January 2nd meeting, Supervisor Chairman Pete Steffen reported that the board of supervisors along with Zoning Officer Paul Natale toured the property.
Multiple conditions were proposed by the board and Attorney Tony Waldron, who is representing Henry Skier, who wants to build the performance venue on Wellwood Avenue. One condition was a maximum capacity of 150 persons and be used “primarily for performing arts” that includes: music, theater, dance and lectures with educational activities said Steffen.
Operating hours will be from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the local emergency services will be provided with a key access code for emergency access to the property. If the township needed entrance to the property, there would be communication between the appropriate persons. Steffen said a buffer of evergreen trees to act as a “sound deterrent” is a condition. As for lighting, something “permanent” is going to be required at the entrance to Rt. 6, from dust to dawn along with a highway occupancy permit by PennDOT.
At the December hearing, it was proposed that the venue be on three parcels owned by Skier. But, Steffen said the board wants the “proposed development” to be on one parcel because they weren’t “very comfortable” with the idea of reserved parking planned for a second parcel. By moving the parking area near the building, which is in “the woods,” Steffen didn’t feel that seemed to be “too much of a problem,” he said.
As for traffic control, whether a traffic officer is needed that Steffen said would be “incumbent” on Harmony Presents to make that happen. Another note was that the side of the venue that is open, has to be positioned away from the residential areas. For the open part of the building, grass seating also has to be a possibility.
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The next Palmyra Township supervisors’ meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the township offices on Oak Street, Marble Hill.