MAXATAWNY TWP., Pa. — A developer’s plan to build two restaurants near Kutztown has received a first push from Maxatawny Township planners.
The proposal, from Motus Equities of Wyomissing, would put two “quick serve” restaurants on 1.1 acres at Ivy League Drive and Kutztown Road East in Maxatawny, according to plans filed with the township.
But the proposal, which the township received on April 11, does not identify proposed settlements and does not include a draft plan for planners to review, as submissions normally would, said Christopher Paff, head of enforcement of the township code, to planners at a meeting Thursday.
Instead, the developers’ submission seeks waivers from the township’s Zoning Hearing Board for relief from parking lot orders.
Township zoners are scheduled to hear the case at 6:30 p.m. on May 31.
“We don’t know much,” Paff told planners. “It’s strange because they didn’t come to the planning commission for this. They may be missing variances and, in fact, I think they are.”
Planners voted unanimously to have Township Clerk Jeri Wehr send a letter to the Zoning Hearing Board saying planners are not in favor of the plans as submitted.
We are directly across Kutztown Road from the Giant Food Store Plaza entrance. It is adjacent to the First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union.
On its website, Motus lists the property, along with the one-acre corner lot on Ivy League Drive, as available for rent.
Documents submitted to the municipality list Motus Equities as the equitable owner of the property. The owners are listed as Nicholas and Anna Prikis.
Efforts to reach the Prikis were unsuccessful.
Angela Cremer, marketing and communications coordinator for D&B Construction Group, whom she identified as “the leaders of the project”, said that at this time, “they want to wait to talk about it, because it’s quite early in the process”.
Cremer confirmed the project would be a restaurant, but declined to say which restaurants might be involved.
The application shows that the project would be built on a vacant 1.1 acre lot that is zoned commercial.
Motus Equity states in its submission to the township that the site “is a corner lot and as such has two front yards, which limits the area available for off-street parking. This condition is further exacerbated by the minimum off-street cargo space required and vehicle stacking required for drive-thru.
“Granting the requested dimensional deviations would ensure a safe and efficient flow of access and movement of vehicles and pedestrians. The granting of the requested dimensional deviations would not permanently compromise the proper use or development of the adjacent properties, nor be detrimental to the public welfare.
“The configuration of the property, the two front yard requirement and the parking requirement for this proposed use create difficulty in developing the property for permitted use. The relief requested is the minimum relief necessary to comply with the parking requirements of the ordinance.
Planning council member David Sobotka said the commercial district in which the site is located allows restaurants without drive-thru. He said the app should ask for conditional use.
The district also prohibits parking in any residential area or dwelling, Sobotka said. “It seems like it wouldn’t be consistent with that either,” due to the proximity to neighboring residential areas, he said.
Board member Rob Reynolds said this could be resolved by changing the orientation of the plan to place the parking lot on the other side of the structure.