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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

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Litz Co Commercial Rentals, 1.386 acre Property Available with established Rt 422 access & curb cuts.  Out of the flood plain.  Shovel ready with public water, sewer, electricity, gas & cable.  Zoned C2 General Commercial in N Lebanon Twp.  Another fast growing municipality, N Cornwall Twp is across Route 422.  Drone tour of subject site:


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AVAILABLE:  2501 Cumberland St., Lebanon PA (717)644-4698

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Tired of paying high shopping center rental rates?  Check out this location on Route 422 between two of the fastest growing municipalities (North Cornwall and North Lebanon) in Lebanon County--the original multi-use property in this area of North Lebanon Township.  Approximate traffic count is 19,000 vehicles per day. 

One month security deposit and background check required.

213' Route 422 (Cumberland Street) frontage!  1.386 acres with public water, public sewer (5 edus and 3 hookups included), electricity, cable, phone, UGI gas at the curb, and a storm water drain on the corner.  Plenty of off-street parking.  Curb and cuts established for Route 422 access.  Located in North Lebanon Township, Lebanon County PA, this site is OUT of the flood plain. 

Arnold Autowerks 2503:  Business.  Blue building in rear.  Approximately 3450 sq' garage includes an office, four overhead garage doors, storage room.  Water, sewer, and electricity prorated, then adjusted at the end of each calendar year.  Off-street parking for fifteen vehicles. 

Fashioned after Zillow, Make Me Move Dream Price $550,000.  Demolition of fire damaged building is complete.  Shovel Ready.  Unique in that this commercial property predates zoning ordinances.  Since the fire, the foundation remains under the stone, which allows for exemptions like building setbacks and for construction of a second building on the lot.  Cooperated in a Phase 1 environmental assessment, and received a written clearance from DEP.  Contact Jo Ellen or 644.4698.  More details follow. 


   Location   - Aerial View  - Zoning Map  -  Survey    -   Contours   Traffic Count- Fire 4.17.2011  - After-     DEP Release
COMPARABLES:         Subject Property
A-One Steakhouse Sheetz Wendy's Agway Country Cupboard Litz Co.
35-2331142-369141 26-29-252 26-42A-200 35-2333468… 27-2328083-360355 27-042A-010
2125 W Cumberland ES Rt 72 W Cumberland 16th & Cumberland 2631 Cumberland 2501 Cumberland
1.57 Acres 8 Acres 2.02 Acres 6.41 Acres .52 acres 1.4 Acres
130.57 Frontage 762' frontage 276' frontage 1186' frontage   213.4' frontage
 6219 vacant at purchase vacant at purchase vacant at purchase   3450 sq' building
 $          850,000.00  $      800,000.00  $   590,000.00  $    1,210,000.00 $410,000  Owned Since 1986
9/17/2009 1/18/2004 9/17/2004 8/27/2007 2.4.2018 10/28/1986

Property History:  At 11:57PM on 4.17.11, a call came into EMA. Firemen were on the scene for 6 hours, gone for 1.5 hours, and called back for a re-burn.  The main building, close to 15,000 square feet,  fronting on Route 422 was destroyed, and had to be demolished. YouTube

In 1947, the arched roof part of the building was constructed as a feedmill for Hershey. In 1951, Aaron Stager expanded the building to the north, east, and west, and added what is now the blue garage on the hill behind what was the main building. An incubator of sorts, many business got their start at this location--The Humane Society Thrift Shop, Arnold Autowerkes, Reigle's Upholstery, Stoneroads Flowers, Reigle's Video Store..., and R&J Motors had their glass shop on the east side of the building. The County even had a training program in the east side for many years. Then, in 1974, A&G Automotive needed more room for their parts store, and the north side of the west extension was constructed.  At the time of the fire, the Humane Society Thrift Shop was located in the former A&G Automotive Store, and Ray's Collision occupied what was originally Stager's Body Shop, Kreider's Body Shop, then Lebanon Body Shop.

North Lebanon Township Zoning Ordinance:

In review, under the stone on the lot, there is a footprint and foundation of the building destroyed by fire.  Since this property predated zoning, this is important to preserve pre-existing multiple commercial uses (802 2, A) and two commercial buildings on the same property.  I turned away renters who would have voided these and other exemptions and prior conditions.  Also,there is a monitoring well on the site. 

Next, I recently I was mandated to install a Knox Box on the blue building.

In summary, the NL zoning ordinance says: 

§802. Permitted Uses.

1.       Stores for the retailing of all consumer goods not otherwise prohibited by law.

2.       Multiple commercial use complexes and shopping centers provided that the following conditions are met: A. The multiple commercial use complex or shopping center shall consist of a group of two (2) or more commercial uses, planned, designed, and constructed as one (1) principal structure. Each commercial establishment within the complex shall share at least one (1) party wall with another establishment.

3.       Personal service shops including barber shops beauty parlors, tailors, shoe repair dry cleaning, Laundromat s, etc.

4.       Clinics and offices of Pennsylvania-licensed medical practitioners.

5.       Banks, savings and loan associations finance agencies, and other offices providing business or professional services.

6.       Messenger, dispatch, express, and courier services.

7.       Taxi and bus passenger stations, and transfer trucking facilities.

8.       Mortuary and undertaking establishments.

9.       Indoor amusement enterprises such as arenas, bowling alleys, dance halls, and other recreation or entertainment establishments.

10.   Drive-in movie theaters.

11.   Restaurant facilities of all types, including drive-in, drive through or fast food, tea rooms, cafes, and other places serving food or beverages, including private, membership, or social clubs and beverage distribution centers.

12.   Printing and publishing firms.

13.   Shops for contractors, plumbers, heating, painting, and upholstering specialists.

14.   Hotels, motels, and boarding houses.

15.   Automobile dealers and automobile washes.

16.   Gasoline stations and repair garages subject to regulations....

17.   All other uses, which in the opinion of the Zoning Administrator are similar to the above uses and in harmony with the intent of the regulations for this district. 

18.   By special exception,  automobile body shops; lumber, coal, and fuel distribution yards....

19.   Day care center shall be a permitted use, provided that conditions are met....

§1604 Nonconforming Structures

E.  Should a nonconforming structure be moved for any reason, then:

1.       Relocation on part of the same land area previously covered by the structure shall equal OR decrease the nonconformity; OR


Also, the North Lebanon Township Zoning Ordinance states that the height restriction in the C-2 General Commercial District is 2 ˝ stories or 35 feet.  By Special Exception approval of the Township Zoning Hearing Board, a greater height could be authorized.