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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ollie’s plans upgrades

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, 4750 West Tilghman St., will be undergoing a renovation to the building as well as improvements to the parking lot.

Located on an 8.5-acre site, the property consists of a single floor, 69,528-square-foot commercial building with 200 existing parking spaces.

The building is located on the south side of Tilghman Street, west of the Tilghman Square shopping center.

The owners propose to install new exterior finishes and new retail spaces under an existing canopy area.

The plan includes a new entrance vestibule for a future store tenant.

At the rear of the building, a new exit door will be put in place, and an Americans With Disabilities ramp will be installed.

For customers’ convenience, 149 additional parking spaces will be made available.

Sidewalks will be established along the new tenant space building section.

Landscape parking islands will feature trees of a verticillium wilt resistant species.

Shade trees within the right of way of Tilghman Street will be required at 35- to 40-foot intervals, as far from overhead wires as practical and away from stormwater management facilities.

That directive came from the township’s landscape and shade tree commission.

At the June 6 meeting, South Whitehall commissioners granted the owner, Tilghman Holdings LLC, a waiver from subdivision and land development regulations to proceed without planning commission review.

Township staff and consultants reported they looked at the proposed improvements and determined the project would be a low impact development with no significant planning issues.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, one resident expressed gratitude the trees along Walbert Avenue at Grand View cemetery have been removed.

He asked whether the pavement and fence will also be taken away.

Township Manager Renee Bickel said staff are still working with cemetery representatives on the matter.

She noted the township is waiting for Penn Praxis to present its recommendations for improvements at the gateway to South Whitehall along Walbert Avenue.