The proposed Springetts Commons project continues with reluctant approval from the Springettsbury Township Board of Commissioners.

The board voted 3-1 to approve the conditional-use application from Vienna-York LLC, which is planning the Springetts Commons project.

The plan would add an assisted-living facility, two restaurants and retail space at 2425 Industrial Highway, a 14-acre property in the township's commercial district.

While the "no" vote came from board member Julie Landis, fellow board members William Schenck and Mark Swomley said they were voting in favor of Vienna-York's application with a gun to their heads after the company's attorney, Matthew Creme Jr., told the board that the company would rather continue working with the township on the project than take the issue to the York County Court of Common Pleas.

Before the vote, the board went into executive session to determine their legal options. Swomley said he is disappointed that Vienna-York is not following project guidelines presented by the township's staff and planning commission.

The company asked township officials to allow modifications to the township's town center overlay requirements. Full compliance with the township's requirements is hindered by a stream on the property and by changes in construction plans.

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