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Feb. 13 zoning hearing canceled for proposed new Asian restaurant in Middletown

Monday’s Feb. 13 Middletown zoning hearing board meeting to hear a request for a variance from new owners of the former Smuller House Bed & Breakfast at 460 N. Union St. has been canceled.

New owners HE Group, which plans to convert the former bed and breakfast into an Asian restaurant, has withdrawn its application for a variance to obtain relief from Middletown off-street parking requirements, Zoning Hearing Board Chairman Jack Still told the Press And Journal.

HE Group’s application had sought a variance to reduce the number of required off-street parking spaces for the restaurant from 19 to nine.

But the borough has determined that HE Group “met all the criteria” without having to get a variance, said borough Codes and Zoning Officer Mark Shipkowski.

The property is located in a commercial zoning district where a restaurant is an allowed use.

Comments from Howard Dong, a representative of HE Group, indicates that the cancellation may just be a delay and that HE Group still wants to obtain a variance from the off-street parking requirements.

"HE Group submitted the zoning variance application for operating the business with less parking than the ordinance requires so we could save as much as we could on this historical location including the trees and gazebo in the back yard," Dong said.

The borough wanted HE Group to submit a building plan certified by an engineer, however HE Group was not able to do this in time for the Feb. 13 hearing, Dong said. HE Group now has its engineer working on the drawing to submit it to the borough as soon as possible, Dong added.

A software engineer from China and a 2013 graduate of Penn State Harrisburg, Dong on Dec. 21 presented HE Group’s plan to convert the former bed and breakfast into an Asian restaurant to the Middletown Historical Restoration Commission.

Dong told the commission at the time that HE Group hopes to preserve as much of the backyard, including the gazebo, as possible. But in order to do that HE Group would need a variance to reduce the amount of off-street parking that is required, Dong said at the time.

HE Group acquired the property for $350,000 on Dec. 21, 2016, according to Dauphin County records.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 February 2017 10:31

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Your snow photos: Keep them coming!

Schools are closed, and maybe you are home from work. So you might as well send us some snow pictures! Show us what it looks like where you live, or what you are doing to enjoy our first significant snowfall of the winter. Email pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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Henry Hoffer out shoveling a neighbor's driveway 

 

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From Stacey Mulligan: "My kids created a breakfast spot outside consisting of an old glass railroad insulator (for decor), a car mat and plastic table with french toast, fruit salad and cocoa to round out the experience.  It struck me that 1) this is kids imagination at its best and 2) the simple pleasures of life really do still exist.  Snow makes everything better as long as you're home :)"

 

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Brenda Cavrich Wech, Dauphin

 

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Jammie Lynn Fink, Hummelstown Square

 

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Brett McCreary, Hummelstown

 

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Larry Edwin, Pineford

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 16:54

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All restrictions lifted on Pennsylvania Turnpike

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that all travel restrictions have been lifted across the turnpike system. No further speed limit or commercial vehicle bans remain.

Pennsylvania Turnpike crews continue to treat the roadway as the storm moves across the state. Be alert for rapidly changing pavement and weather conditions:

• Drive at a speed suitable for local conditions — even on those sections with a normal posted limit.

• Do not tailgate or attempt to pass an active snow plow or plow train.

• Be prepared for probable slick surfaces, especially on bridges and ramps.

• High crosswinds may cause reduced visibility and snow drifting in some areas.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 11:14

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Snow Emergency issued for Middletown: move cars from routes

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Mayor James Curry III has issued a Snow Emergency for Middletown Borough effective at 10 p.m. Feb. 8 until further notice.  

That means vehicles must be removed from the Snow Emergency routes by 10 p.m.  If vehicles are not removed, they are subject to fines and possible towing. This is so borough employees can  remove the snow from the roads to allow for safe travels. 

According to the borough:

During such emergency, it shall be unlawful for any person to park, or to permit to remain parked, on any street named below any type of motor vehicle, boat trailer, camper, recreational vehicle or any trailer used for the purpose of hauling motor vehicle or other items, with respect to the north side of east-west streets or with respect to the east side of north-south streets, unless otherwise indicated. 

However, upon complete removal of all snow from the total parking area, on such side of the street in front of any property, parking will at once become again permissible, so long as there is no interference with the snow removal program of the borough and no interference with traffic during the remainder of such emergency.

• Adelia Street East From Emaus Street to East Main Street.

• Ann Street North From Swatara Creek west to Grant Street.

• Catherine Street East From Emaus Street north to Main Street.

• Emaus Street North From Adelia Street west to Wood Street.

• Grant Street East From Ann Street to Wilson Street.

• Main Street Both From Swatara Creek to Apple Avenue.

• Roosevelt Street North From Vine Street west to Union Street.

• Union Street East From Ann Street to its southern limits.

• Vine Street East From Water Street to Aspen Street.

• Water Street North From Vine Street to Catherine Street.

• Wilson Street North From Grant Street to and over the overhead bridge to Main Street.

• Wood Street East From Susquehanna Street north to Emaus Street.

 

SCHOOL PLANS

Also, due to the impending forecast, the Middletown Area School District relayed potential plans if there is a two-hour delay on Thursday.

MAMS and MAHS students would report to school on a two-hour delay schedule.

Elementary students would not report to school and would not be required to make up the day of instruction. Parent-teacher conferences currently scheduled for Thursday afternoon will be held as planned.

Due to elementary-parent conferences and secondary staff development, there is no school for students on Friday, Feb. 10.

The final decision will be made on Thursday morning and will be communicated as usual by phone, text, social media, news media, and the district website.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:42

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Snow Emergency issued for Middletown: move cars from routes

Mayor James Curry III has issued a Snow Emergency for Middletown Borough effective at 10 p.m. Feb. 8 until further notice.  

That means vehicles must be removed from the Snow Emergency routes by 10 p.m.  If vehicles are not removed, they are subject to fines and possible towing. This is so borough employees can  remove the snow from the roads to allow for safe travels. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:13

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