Antrim, fireworks retailer reach accord

November 08, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

STATE LINE, PA. - A fireworks store is on its way to the intersection of Mason-Dixon Road and Mountain View Drive under a settlement agreement approved this week by the Antrim Township Supervisors.

Sky King Fireworks sued Antrim Township over the Jan. 9 rejection of its land development plans for the store. The municipality and fireworks company spent two days in court in September.

As part of the trial, Franklin County Judge John R. Walker allowed the developer to submit revised land development plans, Township Manager Ben Thomas Jr. said.

Those plans substantially met township ordinances, Thomas said.

He said the supervisors' solicitor, John Lisko, recommended Tuesday that the board accept those land development plans, reminding the men that a 2004 state law permitted fireworks.


Conditions of the approval were that the store must comply with the Uniform Construction Code and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's licensing requirements.

Also, the supervisors wanted local emergency services to work with Sky King prior to development.

Sky King had asked the court to reverse the supervisors' earlier decision so that it could build in the community commercial zone. Otherwise, the property would not have been available to the company for that purpose.

Last year, after Sky King initially submitted the plan, the township amended an ordinance making a fireworks store a conditional use in highway commercial zones only.

In court testimony, a township engineer said one of the reasons for the store's rejection was that plans did not show Mountain View Drive being widened to 32 feet.

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