BEAR CREEK TWP. — The new Bear Creek Community Charter School project received conditional approval for the sewage modules from the Bear Creek Township Planning Commission on Monday.
The board heard an informal presentation on the 62,000-square-foot school structure that will sit on part of a 97-acre lot near Forest Park. Representatives from Hemmler & Camayd, architects of the new school, and SM Design Group LLC, the project’s engineers, outlined the main features of the planned building, noting that the USDA loan being used for the construction stipulates that wetlands and streams on the property must remain undisturbed and the plans will preserve roughly one third of the property will be preserved.
The presentation highlighted a 2.7-acre wet pond that will be part of the plans and provide educational opportunities while taking care of the storm water control and irrigation needs for the property as well as a future dry hydrant.
The majority of the presentation dealt with the proposed sewage disposal system, which the school construction team said will include a drip dispersal system for liquid waste after it is treated.
Solid waste will be pumped out monthly, and the entire system will be inspected and monitored by a licensed sewage treatment engineer. It was noted that the school is being built outside the Act 537 zone as defined by the Department of Environmental Protection, and that the school does not plan to increase enrollment beyond the current 450 students, so the proposed treatment plant will continue to meet the school’s needs in the future.
The planning commission voted to approve the plan on the condition that it meets with the approval of the township engineer. The engineer is expected to review the plan before the October township supervisors meeting, at which time the supervisors will be asked to approve the plan and send it on to DEP for review. School officials and the construction team said they hope to have all approvals and begin construction in March 2014.