Delaware bus garage project does U-turn

| 28 Sep 2011 | 03:05

    DINGMANS FERRY - A proposed Krise Bus Service depot, for Delaware Valley School District buses, seemed to be returning to square-one Wednesday night as the Delaware Township Planning Commission heard a new version...of an old submission. Attorney Andrew Hood, representing the Krise land development application, asked the planning commission to accept submission of a third set of plans for the controversial proposal. To avoid filing a costly new application he asked the planners to reject the last, second plan and accept the original, first set of plans, now newly revised. But the first set of plans were already rejected at request of the applicant after town residents turned out at a public hearing and opposed the proposed bus depot in a mostly residential area along Route 739. Krise filed a new application and submitted alternative plans, which included a 10,000 gallon in-ground fuel storage tank. That prompted a new outcry from neighboring residents about the possibility of a large in fuel storage tank being placed near their homes. Krise currently stores its buses in Westfall near the Delaware Valley campus. After a lengthy debate over the wording, the planners agreed to rescind their rejection of the original application, reject the second plan and accept the new revised plans, which have dropped the fuel storage tank. The motion included a new public hearing, but no date was set. Solicitor Anthony J. Magnotta addressed audience concerns at the apparent confusion and explained that there in fact would be another public hearing for the new revisions. He also said that under township zoning, the applicant has a right to build the proposed service garage.