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Residents voice concerns over zoning proposal

Vol. 164 No. 16

USPS 166680

Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Since 1853

Newsstand Price 75¢

(814) 472-4110

28 Pages

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

A large crowd of Ebensburg Borough residents filled the community room of the Ebensburg Municipal Building Dec. 3 to voice their concerns to the Ebensburg Borough Council about a proposal to revise the borough’s zoning map. Central Commons LLC has filed a request to change the zoning district for a portion of the former Central Cambria Middle School athletic field, located at the corner of Bolton Street and North Center Street, from single-household residential to mixed-use village commercial. The purpose of the rezoning is to construct a Dollar General on the property. The meeting was held in regard to the zoning change, and not in regard for the proposed Dollar General. A revised proposal was brought to the borough’s planning commission in October, and several residents had voiced their concerns at that meeting. No decision was made at the planning commission meeting. According to the Municipalities Planning Code, a public hearing is required to be conducted prior to finalizing a decision involving a zoning change. This proposal was also sent to the Cambria County Planning Commission To start the meeting, borough manager Dan Penatzer presented a preliminary sketch plan of the proposed area to be developed. Penatzer said the developer, Joe Sinclair, is proposing to carve out the southwest corner of the property for the Dollar General, and the northwest corner would be the ingress and egress. The remainder of the property would remain single-household residential. According to the sketch proposal, there would also be a 25 foot buffer around the rezoned area. Penatzer reminded those in attendance that none of the plans in place are definite. “Again, this hasn’t been submitted for approval,” said Penatzer. “A developer can’t do anything with the property until the proper zoning is in place.” Penatzer said that the county planning commission has submitted its comments concerning the zoning change. He said that the county planning commission recommends the change to mixed-use village commercial, but they do not recommend the removal of the historic

Tidings of comfort and joy

Anne and Jude Cronauer, Tracy Strom, Sharon Penatzer and Sam Cronauer spend the evening together during the light-up ceremony, as part of Ebensburg’s Dickens of a Christmas weekend Nov. 30. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

Developer updates borough on brewery project

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

Developer Sheldon Piepenburg updated the Ebensburg Borough Council about his $4.6 million brewery project during its monthly meeting Nov. 26. Piepenburg said that the project is still about $700,000 shy of his goal to renovate the former Cambria County Jail. He said the only criticism he has experienced during the project has been from the Historical Society. The 146-year-old building is located on Center Street and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. “What I want to do is give you a review of the project, a few of the milestones and some of the hurdles we’ve already gone by,” said Piepenburg. During his slideshow presentation, Piepenburg said the brewery industry has been on the rise over the past decade, and that the number of breweries has been able to help the local economy. “That’s one of the goals that I think we’ve had with this project all

along,” said Piepenburg. Piepenburg said the project began Sept. 19, 2012, with a letter of interest from the borough about the property. In 2015, Piepenburg said he entered into a purchasing agreement from the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority to purchase the front portion of the building. Because his original plans only included renovating the front portion of the building, Piepenburg said this process made it difficult to properly install the brewing equipment. In 2016, however, county officials planned to vacate the back portion of the building, which housed inmate records. Piepenburg said county officials suggested that the entire building should be transferred instead of just the front portion of the jail. This process helped Piepenburg achieve more room, but increased renovation costs. After making changes to his original plan, Piepenburg said the brewing equipment would be placed in the back portion of the building, allowing more room in the front for a dining

SEE BREWERY, PAGE 2A

SEE ZONING, PAGE 2A

Dickens of a Christmas

Theresa Jacoby and Renee Martin-Nagle get into the spirit of the season during the light-up ceremony held in Ebensburg as part of Dickens of a Christmas weekend Nov. 30. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

And to all a good night!

Ebensburg mayor Randy Datsko welcomes all to Ebensburg’s annual light-up ceremony Nov. 30 Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

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