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Planners to review sketch plans for housing projects

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Proposals include single homes near golf course, apartments on Main St.

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.

Bridge update

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Old span will

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 board elects new chair

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Township fire chief, engineer also replaced

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.

Day care center now proposed for Washington Ave. building

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Allen school could get new tenant

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Supervisors hear idea for veterinary hospital to locate on Atlas Road site

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.

Playing for the president

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough bagpiper performs at inauguration festivities

Gene Kutzler, of Northampton, recalled his father, Paul, a bugler with Northampton American Legion Drum and Bugle Band, marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1953 inauguration parade for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Now, decades later, Kutzler was thrilled to be part of the inauguration celebration for President Donald J. Trump as a pipe major with Celtic United Pipes and Drums, which performed at the Lincoln Memorial last Thursday.

Students of the Month are named

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by AL RECKER in School

Northampton Exchange Club at the Dec. 7, 2016, Service to Youth program held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center lauded four Northampton Area High School seniors. Elizabeth Horn, Jessica Fantasia, Conlan Keefe and Kyle Serman were awarded for their outstanding academic and scholastic achievements and service to the school and community.

Cited by the club, the recipients were presented Youth of the Month certificates and Lamps of Knowledge plaques.

Willowbrook Road work

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Residents concerned placement of signs, driving at night unsafe

The presence of state police and digital speed limit signage on Willowbrook Road has slowed down motorists as crews continue to lay pipes for utilities and perform site work for the massive FedEx Ground distribution center in Allen Township.

At its Jan. 12 meeting, Allen Township Board of Supervisors again discussed the importance of speed enforcement in the area. State police continue to issue speeding tickets as a deterrent to motorists traveling through the construction zone, ensuring the safety of the workers on site.

Allen supervisors, planners will hold joint meeting

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Township officials discuss creation of environmental advisory board

Allen Township’s board of supervisors and its planning commission are taking a look at its comprehensive plan, with a focus on possible changes, to ensure the township is able to cope adequately with matters like utilities, stormwater management, pacts with both the Borough of Northampton and City of Bethlehem and other relevant concerns.

With one joint session in the books, supervisors and planning commission members will meet again Jan. 25 at the township municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road. Open to the public, the meeting will focus on land use.

Borough planner talks truck traffic

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough is expected to see a major uptick in truck traffic once the FedEx Ground distribution center opens in Allen Township, along with other similar warehouses and distribution centers that may follow.

Taking into account that the borough planning commission has followed council’s request to study and make recommendations for the comprehensive plan, which after two decades needs to be reviewed, borough Planner Victor Rodite related the news to council and the administration via a report at the Jan. 5 council meeting.