WYALUSING - Few concrete details are known about a proposed business park in Wyalusing Township, but local officials are already weighing in with pros and cons of the project.

Township supervisor Marvin Meteer confirmed that property owner Jeff Homer has presented a preliminary concept plan for the park to township officials. The park would be located on the site of a gravel pit between Wyalusing Area High School and U.S. 6.

Meteer said that Homer has yet to officially present a formal request to the township for approval. Such a proposal would have to pass the township planning commission, then be approved as a conditional use by the supervisors.

"There is no start date being mentioned," he said. "If this process started immediately, it would probably still be toward the end of summer at the earliest before this could be approved."

Meteer said that he has heard no reports of any tenants confirmed for the park and that the property has not been surveyed for lots. Until more such information comes to light, he is unsure what the affect the park will have on the township.

"Obviously, this would add to the tax base," he said. "But until we know exactly what will be in there, it's really hard to guess what that impact will be. So far, this is mostly a concept."

Homer was unavailable for comment.

One school district official has raised some concerns about access to the proposed park.

Superintendent Dr. Chester Mummua said that he would like to see the park have a separate access road from the one currently used by the school and the gravel pit.

"We are concerned about traffic," he said. "Sharing an egress road with the school is likely to create safety and traffic issues. We would love to see an increase to the district's tax base and it's always great to see more businesses in the township, so if something can be done to perhaps create an access road that perhaps connects directly to Route 6, that would be ideal."

Should the access issue be settled, Mummua said that he would like to work with park tenants to create educational opportunities for students at the high school.

Contact Bob Igoe at (570) 265-1652 or email bigoe@thedailyreview.com.