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Hatboro OKs Sullivan’s Scrap Metals Project

The council granted preliminary and final land development approval for Sullivan’s Scrap Metals to demolish a home and expand operations.

Sullivan’s Scrap Metals plans to knock down and build anew and officially got the green light from Hatboro elected officials to begin that work. 

The Hatboro Borough Council voted unanimously Monday to grant preliminary and final land development approval to the Oakdale Avenue business. Owner Mike Whalen has said he plans to tear down a house at 449 Oakdale Ave., on the north end of the property, and add a new building and canopy in its place.

Depending on weather, Whalen said the work could begin in either October or November.

As conditions of the approval, Whalen must make a contribution to the borough’s park and recreation fund and mitigate sound from the industrial site. Specifically, borough attorney Christen Pionzio said Whalen must plant 10 juniper trees around the rear boundary of the property to “help mitigate sound even further.”

Whalen said he also installed a sound barrier on the property’s eight-foot fence.

Council President John Zygmont said he talked to school officials at nearby Crooked Billet Elementary School and was told that “there is noise that comes from the property,” but it has not interfered with school operations.

K. McG October 09, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I think Mike has done a wonderful job with the apperance of such a distressed/blighted street. His shop is a great asset to the Elm St. District.Funny how boro is concerned about noise for the school & neighbors behind but what about the noise for the neighbors on Oakdale & Jacksonville Rd; in front of Mike's shop? Very hard to believe that Sullivan's Scrap makes more noise than the boro's beloved DelVal Concrete. Last time I checked Sullivan's does not operate at 3am & run into all hours of the night!

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