Proposed Gun Range Caught In Legal Limbo Regarding Zoning

Published 01/20 2014 06:09PM

Updated 01/20 2014 06:46PM

Dan Basala says he has already received zoning approval for an indoor shooting range in West Hazleton-- The Hazle Township Zoning Board gave its stamp of approval but West Hazleton officials are crying foul-They insist the borough has jurisdiction over the building located on Lehigh Valley Drive-- Dan Zola, West Hazleton's Zoning Officer, said, "Our maps indicate that 80 percent of the building is in the borough and that means we have a say in the matter"-- Basala says the owner of the building has paid taxes on the property for 30 years and that County maps show the building in Hazle Township--Basala said,"This will be a safe state of the art shooting range that will be a benefit to the community and we are moving forward with the project--" Hazle Township solicitor Charles Pedri told Eyewitness News, "In cases like this there is usually an agreement in place that gives one community the lead--no such agreement exists in this situation--this really is  legal limbo"  --  Jim Yurick lives near the proposed site of the shooting range and said, "I am really concerned about accidental shootings--anything can happen when there are a lot of shooters in one place--"

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