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Shooting academy site gets OK in Adams Township

March 7, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

ADAMS TWP — Planning commissioners on Wednesday gave site plan approval for a new shooting academy proposed for Route 228 and Scharberry Lane and tentative approval to the Brookhaven proposed residential development.

In the past, residents and officials have raised concerns about possible noise from the proposed shooting academy.

Company representatives attempted to put those concerns to rest at the commissioners meeting.

The Ellwand Shooting Sports Academy is a 6.97 acre plan that will feature a wide variety of shooting ranges including a 200-yard underground range, tactical training ranges for law enforcement, a shotgun bay, and archery and BB gun ranges as well.

Dave Gemperle, Ellwand Shooting Sports Academy president, told commissioners the facility will be state of the art with dense, high-tech panels designed to trap sound. The panels would be mounted throughout the ranges to minimize sound, he said.

Commissioners voted to approve the site plan.

This is an excerpt — read the more about how the company will dampen the sound in the Butler Eagle.

Caleb Harshberger

Caleb Harshberger

Caleb Harshberger is a reporter covering Adams, Forward and Middlesex Townships and Evans City, Callery and Valencia Boroughs. He started as an intern with the Butler Eagle in Jan. 2017 and was hired as a staff writer in June of that year. Harshberger earned a degree in philosophy at Grove City College in 2017 and is originally from Syracuse, N.Y.