Penn Township chairman frustrated over intersection
By Steven Hoffman
Jay Ennis and William “Radar” O’Connell, who on Election Day won seats to the Penn Township Board of Supervisors, were introduced at the Nov. 4 meeting. The seats they will be taking are those of longtime supervisor Bill Finnen, who is retiring; and Tom Barlow, who chose not to run for an additional term.
The dominance that the discussion of the Jennersville Road and Baltimore Pike intersection holds at the board meetings month after month is a testament to how critical this intersection is to the township.
PennDOT has verbally committed to pay $800,000 through a pilot program toward the approximately $2 million project. As a public/private program, matching private funds are expected. Curtis Mason, the chairman of the board of supervisors, is frustrated because there are a number of commercial property owners in the township who want to develop their properties in the near future, and none of them have offered to help.
“We’ve had traffic counts done,” Mason said in a phone interview. “They’ve been to the meetings, but nobody is raising their hands.”
According to Mason, the township has already done more than its share. “We bought the Red Rose Inn so we can give them any land they need for a right-of-way. We are working on getting the grant money [approximately $250,000], we have $160,000 in a fund for improvements, and we have spent about $25,000 with engineers,” he said.
Mason explained that the “Red Rose Inn intersection,” as it is known, is currently rated “F” by PennDOT. Because of this, PennDOT would be hesitant to put any additional traffic through the intersection. “This means, as property owners, they better think hard,” Mason said. “They won’t be able to get an HOA permit for development.”
In other business, the supervisors passed a resolution that will allow them to finalize the purchase of a 43-acre tract from Conard-Pyle (Star Roses), which sits along Jennersville Road near Route 1. Settlement on the approximately $1.4 million property is slated this month.
Engineers for the township and The Shoppes at Jenners Village worked out their issues regarding parking, and therefore the Two Stones pub was given the OK to apply for a building permit. The restaurant will be located at the end of the shopping center, adjacent to Pets & Friends.