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Developer makes case for North Union project

The land just south of the Route 283 eastbound ramp along North Union Street is not suitable for any type of residential use, an attorney told Lower Swatara Township’s zoning hearing board July 14 during the first day of what promises to be a lengthy hearing.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 15:35

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Hop Yard restaurant to open soon, will feature barbecue, sauce, beer

HopYard June MarcusWEBPress And Journal Photo by Eric Wise -- June Caretti, one of the owners, and Marcus Sprecher, the Hop Yard front of the house manager, have been working to get the restaurant ready for its opening, as soon as possible after the state issues its approval for a liquor license.


The owners of Hop Yard, a restaurant that soon will open in the Westporte Center in Middletown, want people to enjoy eating the restaurant’s food where everything is made from scratch. 


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:56

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Development moves ahead along Route 230

NewRetail WestporteCentresizedWEBPress And Journal Photo by Eric Wise — Construction crews have been busy in July starting construction of a new retail building at the Westporte Centre in Middletown that may be used for one to five retail tenants next to Wells Fargo, depending on the occupant’s space needs.


A local developer is moving forward with two commercial projects along Route 230 that will add a hotel and other new businesses near Harrisburg International Airport.

A retail building offering 7,500 square feet will be available to new tenants at the Westporte Center by the beginning of September, said Marisa Benjamin, who handles marketing and leasing for Towne Retail, the company owned by Jim Nardo that is developing the site.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:52

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Explosive vote: Fireworks back for Labor Day

fireworkst13Press And Journal file photo — Spectators watch Labor Day fireworks in 2013, the last year Middletown put on the event.

After a three-year absence, fireworks are scheduled to return to Middletown for Labor Day on Sept. 3.

Borough Council on July 5 voted 5-0 to approve a contract with Zambelli Fireworks of New Castle to put on the show for $18,000.

As before, the fireworks will be set off from the Middletown boat access park area near South Union and Susquehanna streets. The borough typically has roped off an area of the practice football field along Susquehanna Street for the public to view the show.

The entire cost will be covered by the $19,786.27 that was raised from the two Mayoral Madness charity basketball games in 2015 and 2016, said Mayor James H. Curry III.

Zambelli was one of two proposals that the borough received, the other coming from Pyrotecnico for $14,500. A third company that the borough reached out to did not respond, said Borough Manager Ken Klinepeter.

The contract amount was below the threshold that triggers competitive bidding requirements, so council was not legally obligated to select the lowest qualified bidder, said Solicitor Adam Santucci.

Several councilors noted that Zambelli put on the last Labor Day fireworks show in 2013, and residents and officials alike had been happy with the company's performance.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 16:46

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HIA approves official agreement for Uber drivers

People have another option for getting to and from Harrisburg International Airport, now that the airport has signed an agreement with Uber.Uber Logobit Digital black

The agreement sets out rules and standards for how Uber is to operate at the airport.

Uber was already operating on the airport, but technically doing so illegally because no ground rules had been set to regulate the service, said HIA spokesman Scott Miller.

Now with the agreement the welcome mat is out for Uber to operate in the open on the airport.

As a result, the ride-sharing service should become more accessible as another option for people to get to and from the airport.

The agreement does not change the rules already governing the other commercial driving services that also take people to and from the airport, like taxi cabs, limousines, and buses, Miller said.

People using Uber to get to the airport will be dropped off in front of the airline of their choice at the main terminal.

If you want to use Uber to get a ride from the airport, you will go to the third floor of the parking garage to meet your Uber driver in a designated Uber pick up zone.

The agreement calls for the airport to collect $2.90 from the fee of every pickup that Uber makes at the airport. This fee should be included in the fare that you pay your Uber driver, Miller said.

The agreement also requires that Uber:

• Maintain $1 million of commercial auto insurance for all drivers conducting trips.

• Conduct multi-jurisdictional background checks on all prospective drivers through a nationally accredited third-party provider, to include examining county, state and federal records as well as terror watch lists and the national sex offender database.

• Enforce a zero-tolerance policy regarding unauthorized pickups and the use of intoxicating substances. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 15:44

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