Reading Planning Commission, Alvernia move forward with health complex

READING, Pa. - The Reading Planning Commission met Tuesday evening to review and vote on various land development plans, but not before recognizing the service of one of its own.

Member Michael Lauter will be retiring after serving more than 20 years on the commission. Chairman Wayne Bealer presented Lauter with a plaque and expressed a "sincere appreciation" for his service.

The commission gave conditional approval to the final subdivision and land development plan for Alvernia University's recreation, health sciences and wellness complex. The "plex," with more than 78,000 square feet of space, will be located at 400 St. Bernadine Street.

The commission sought examples from Alvernia with the approval of how it has worked to improve both the city and the Reading School District. Douglas Smith, Alvernia's vice president of finance and administration, presented a letter that cited examples, such as improvements to Angelica Park and scholarships given to Reading students.

Other proposals, such as the Albright College turf field project, additions to BMW of Reading and Mercedes-Benz Autohaus, and a housing development on Crestmont Street, were either temporarily tabled or given extensions.

The commission will meet again in June.

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