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.