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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Atty. Lisa A. Pereira and Ana Martins, P.E., display site plan for Kost Tire and Auto Service, 3117 Lehigh St., Salisbury Township. Lehigh Street is depicted on the drawing's left side. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Atty. Lisa A. Pereira and Ana Martins, P.E., display site plan for Kost Tire and Auto Service, 3117 Lehigh St., Salisbury Township. Lehigh Street is depicted on the drawing's left side.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Kost Tire, Auto Service plan approved

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN pwillistein@tnonline.com in Local News

A new tire and auto repair firm has been approved for Lehigh Street in Salisbury Township.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 4 - 0, with one member absent Oct. 25, to approve the preliminary-final land development plan for Kost Tire and Auto Service, 3117 Lehigh St.

The township Planning Commission voted Sept. 11 to recommend approval of the Kost plan to commissioners.

A parcel to the south of the Lehigh Street property is to be added. An office building is to be demolished. The added parcel is for a seven-bay, 6,240-square-foot building to be placed on the site.

The approval includes several waivers: allowing a combined preliminary-final plan to be submitted, allowing use of plastic rather than concrete pipe, and not being required to show man-made features within 100 feet of the site on the plan.

The approval includes two deferrals: not having to install sidewalks and not having to install street trees.

Concern about underground utilities and vehicle operator sight lines were factors in deferring street trees planting.

As per planners' recommendations, Kost agreed that no tractor trailers will be allowed on the site, that the maximum size of any truck on the site is 30 feet, and will install signs stating: "No Tractor Trailers."

"Most trucks will be coming from our warehouse," Erwin Kost said.

The two-driveway en- trance will be reduced to one driveway.

Parking will be provided for 33 vehicles, including those of employees.

The Kost site is in a C-3 General Commercial Zoning District.

"They [township planners] did scrutinize and make those recommendations," Township Director of Planning and Zoning told commissioners.

"It's ready for approval," said township Consulting Engineer David J. Tettemer of Keystone Consulting Engineers, Inc.

"We are in agreement to all of the conditions," said Atty. Lisa A Pereira, of Broughal & Devito, L.L.P, the law firm representing Kost.

Ana Martins, P.E., of Van Cleef Engineering Associates, is Project Manager for Kost.

A copy of the Kost plan was provided to City of Allentown officials, Sopka said.

Kost Tire and Auto Service, founded in 1938 by Mike Kost Sr., in Forest City , Susquehanna County, has 53 stores in upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania.

The new Kost location is between Jiffy Lube, 3111 Lehigh St., and Midas, 3141 Lehigh St.