A tract of Robinson land slated to become a town home community does not include any township-owned property, officials found.
The firm SS Aiken LLC plans to build a cluster of town homes on former railroad property off Moon Run Road. The developer requested that the township vacate its rights to a "paper road" believed to have spanned the wooded property, said township Manager Aaron Bibro.
The property had once been a railroad right of way, but was believed to have been turned over to the township.
"A paper road is, in general, a road that exists on a set of plans, but not in real life," Bibro said.
Robinson commissioners found the township never owned the property.
"We did deny the petition, because we don't own any of the property in that area, and we deny any possession," Bibro said. "None of it belongs to us."
With ownership of the property established, the developer can move forward with the planning process for the residential development.
Bibro said he was unsure of the exact acreage of the land in question.
"For the developer, this was just one of the steps that needed to be taken," Bibro said.
The project has not yet been reviewed for consideration by Robinson's planning commission.
Robinson township commissioners on Monday also approved an property assessment agreement for the Mall at Robinson, following suit with the Montour School District and mall owner Forest City Enterprises.
Under the agreement, Forest City Enterprises will increase the mall's assessed value, from $76 million to $108 million.
"It means more revenue for the township," Bibro said.