Plans for development on the Quality Inn & Suites property in West Goshen Township remain in the works after some officials and residents expressed their disinterest in an apartment complex, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.
As the property at 943 South High Street is not zoned for apartment usage, the township’s board of supervisors had informed developer Sam Tarantini of Branchport Capitol that he cannot build his planned 290 apartments and self-storage units.
New plans call for downsizing to 167 units. When supervisors asked if he would only consider constructing the storage units, Tarantini declined.
Local residents stressed the issues that would come with apartment construction, including a traffic increase, overcrowding, and walkability issues.
Police Chief Joseph Carroll noted that the number of incident reports has shot up at the site in recent years.
Current zoning ordinances allow for retail, medical offices, a fitness center, or warehouses. The township had contacted Penn Medicine, but they were not interested in the site.
“The property has obviously been in decline,” said Tarantini. “If we’re not doing this, somebody else is going to come in and expand that hotel.”
Read more about the property in the Daily Local News.