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PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILDeborah Skeans, of Imperial Realty, makes her request for a public sewer to serve the company’s commercial development on the corner of Route 329 and Airport Road. PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILDeborah Skeans, of Imperial Realty, makes her request for a public sewer to serve the company’s commercial development on the corner of Route 329 and Airport Road.

East Allen supervisors review subdivision proposals

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by Paul Cmil Special to The Press in Local News

The first significant item to pop up on East Allen Township’s agenda Feb. 22 was a minor subdivision for private residential land. The Barthol subdivision proposes to carve out one acre from the eight-acre site for a family property. The board of supervisors asked for several conditions, one of which was relocating a driveway to provide better access to the property.

Supervisors gave their unanimous approval.

Kate Durso, representing Toll Brothers, asked for a confirmation on phase one of its project along Route 512. Supervisors confirmed all intermunicipal agreements are in place to allow water and sewage from the project to be handled by Bethlehem Authority. Phase one of the project consists of 99 units. The project is expected to go out for bid soon. In a prior township meeting, Durso commented that the developer is expecting to start construction in the spring.

Imperial Property’s senior adviser, Deborah Skeans, asked the board for consideration to extend municipal sewers to the company’s property located at Route 329 and Airport Road.

“We have a unique development. We are one of the few developments that can offer flexible building space to our clients,” she said. “Most of our buildings are in the 7,200- to 7,500-square-foot size.”

The problem is that septic systems on the property are failing; most are 30 to 40 years old.

“We have lots that we can’t lease because of the sewer problem. Customers at the strip center are questioning the viability of the location,” Skeans said.

Her request is for the township to provide public sewers on a right of way behind the new proposed warehouse across Airport Road. Wastewater treatment would be handled by Bath Borough. Skeans indicated Bath has sufficient capacity to handle it, but a pump station would be needed.

Supervisors were reluctant to put together a package that supports a single entity. Skeans has an engineer designing a system and will present a proposal to Bath Borough. East Allen would need to concur on the sewer line. The warehouse across from Imperial’s property was proposed with on-site sewer and septic.

Supervisors agreed Imperial Realty could proceed with the project, but all the necessary fees would be paid by Skeans’ company.

“The normal process is that we set up an escrow account to allow them to talk with our staff. Bath would have a similar arrangement. That way, all the planning and engineering costs are covered by the developer,” Solicitor Joseph Piperato said after the meeting.

Chairman Roger Unangst was careful to commit.

“What we don’t want to see is another huge warehouse,” he said.

Skeans responded that her company is quite content with the project as it stands.

“Most of our clients have been with us for decades. It would be difficult to get a development like this approved in today’s market,” she said.

Unangst announced that after an extensive candidate search, supervisors made an offer to Brent Green to be township manager.

“We made the offer contingent upon background checks and, of course, his acceptance. He needs to give notice at his present place of employment. This will give us some overlap with Deborah (Seiple, current manager).

“[Green] has experience with township matters,” Unangst said after the meeting.