As the words “Willow Brook Preservation Project” flashed on a screen at the March 8 meeting of Northampton Borough Planning Commission, details emerged for plans to build 67 single-family homes on a portion of the adjacent golf course.
Robert J. Dwyer, of LandTrust Properties Inc., led a PowerPoint presentation that offered specifics on the plan, which, in addition to housing, includes shops and the preservation of a historic barn and a mansion.
The property is located just off Howertown Road in the borough’s R-1 residential zoning district.
A heavily wooded patch of land in the borough, an area that plays a pivotal role in the plans to link Nor-Bath Trail to the proposed Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor Trail along the Lehigh River has been cleared.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said Feb. 24 that Jaflo Inc., of Allentown, completed the task several weeks before the anticipated project was set to be finished. The area involved is 1-1/2 miles long and 16 to 20 feet wide.
Allen Township Fire Company, which has served countless breakfasts to families Sunday mornings, has shut down its social hall kitchen, surprising many people in the region who looked forward to the touch of Pennsylvania Dutch at the all-you-can-eat events.
The children’s Easter egg hunt, traditionally held Holy Saturday, also has been canceled. And at this time, the Christmas party for children, at which Santa pays an early visit to township children, is in jeopardy.
Four seniors at Northampton Area High School were selected as Students of the Month and lauded by Northampton Exchange Club for their academic achievements, along with activities outside the classroom, at a Feb. 1 dinner meeting at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.
The Service to Youth program lauded Lyndsey Gallagher, Ethan Hartley, Carly Masonheimer and Benjamin Fickinger. Each was presented a Lamp of Knowledge plaque, certificate and pen.
“Tonight is a celebration of what the four students have done,” program Chairman Dr. Rodger Berg said.
Northampton Athletic Association (NAA) has requested the borough name the NAA’s baseball/softball grounds on Al Erdosy Drive the Stephen “Deets” Guttman complex, honoring Guttman for his decades of service to the organization.
The complex is owned by the borough.
Borough council is expected to act on the NAA’s request at its March 2 meeting.
The request has the support of borough Manager LeRoy Brobst.
Two proposed developments — one for 67 single-family homes at Willowbrook Golf Course and another for a 12-unit apartment project at the long-vacant Central School on Main Street — will be before Northampton Borough Planning Commission at its March 8 public meeting.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst emphasized both projects will be presented for “sketch plan review.” No action will be taken by the commission.
Land Trust Properties seeks to develop the east side of Howertown Road, between East Fourth Street and Greenview Drive. The property is in an R-1 zoning district.
There was a collective sigh of relief at the Northampton Borough Council meeting Feb. 2 on hearing vehicle traffic will continue unimpeded on the Cementon-Northampton Bridge during construction of a new replacement bridge over the Lehigh River.
The report from borough Manager LeRoy Brobst will likely smooth concerns of area residents, many of whom had heard rumors the present bridge would be demolished first, then construction of a new span would begin.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors, at its Jan. 3 reorganization meeting, shuffled the deck regarding three key township positions — appointing a new board chairman, fire chief and engineer — effective immediately.
Supervisor Larry Oberly was elected chairman of the five-member board of supervisors, replacing Supervisor Bruce Frack, who retains his elective post. Serving as trustee of Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Northampton, Oberly also is active with Northampton Area Historical Society.
Plans approved earlier by Northampton Borough Zoning Board of Appeals allowing a vacant Washington Avenue building with historic significance to be utilized as a religious social outlet never materialized. Borough council has now been informed there is another proposed use for the site — a day care center.
The five-member zoning board on Feb. 9 will meet in council chambers at the municipal building to hear the appeal of Michael Makhoul, MGMJ Holding Company, Allentown, to use the structure at 1464 Washington Ave. as a day care facility.
A veterinary hospital has been proposed at the site of a longtime, now-closed grade school in Allen Township, at which three township supervisors were students.
The former elementary school is located on Atlas Road and borders St. John’s United Church of Christ, Howertown.
Township Chairman Larry Oberly and Commissioners Bruce Frack and Dale Hassler said at the Jan. 24 presentation by Attorney Jim Holzinger, counsel for the unnamed client, the conversion of the two-story brick building to an animal hospital is feasible.