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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Municipal mandate: Allen Township

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Allen Township went all out early when the number of COVID-19 cases began to increase. The township’s action was fairly typical of most boroughs and townships in the area.

Township offices are closed to the public; however, borough staff can still be reached over the phone.

All township meetings are canceled.

Allen Township is looking to keep everything closed at least until the end of the month and will then reevaluate the situation.

The electronics recycling event at the end of the month has been canceled.

Allen Township gets wetlands mitigation easement

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the regular meeting Feb. 25, Allen Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Dale Hassler introduced a wetlands mitigation easement for the Northampton Business Center. The new project is better known as the Jaindl-Watson development, off Seemsville Road.

The easement guarantees the wetlands will not be disturbed during the project and also lays out conditions for the conservation easement granted to the township. The easement is necessary for the developer to get his Army Corps of Engineers permit.

Imperial Realty updates Frank’s Corner proposal

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Right turning lanes modified; one business now planned at former bank

At the Feb. 27 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Imperial Realty updated its proposal for property it owns on Route 329 at Frank’s Corner.

The property is zoned commercial, and the hearing is deemed a conditional use hearing. Imperial is showing its plans to the township to see if there are any conditions that need to be set before the company moves on to the planning and review part of the development process.

Warehouse, logistics center testimony continues

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Next East Allen, Rock Lehigh Valley hearing scheduled for March 30

East Allen Township and Rock Lehigh Valley, a subsidiary of Rockefeller Group, continued the hearing regarding airport property in the township Feb. 19.

This meeting was well attended by local residents.

The property in question is zoned for agricultural use. Rock Lehigh Valley asked the township to change the zoning to commercial so the developer could build a warehouse. Supervisors denied the use for several reasons, one of which was the potential for more truck traffic on Weaversville Road. Township residents supported the move.

Weaversville hospital coming down

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Stone farmhouse is also on the demo list; land will become part of park

The former state hospital on Weaversville Road, near the back entrance of East Allen Township’s Bicentennial Park, is being demolished.

The old institution with a gloomy history was ceded to the township and will now be a part of the park.

The township is also working to remove the stone farmhouse located on the property. The floors in the stone building are rotted. Officials are concerned someone might break in and fall through the floor.

E. Allen board approves plan for Longevity Coatings growth

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The owner and founder of Longevity Coatings, Mark Purington, came to East Allen Township last year with a request to expand his commercial facility at 6047 Adams Lane. Two issues arose.

The first was that the expansion would increase impervious coverage beyond the limits of the zoning ordinance. The second regarded an alternate location for the septic system, following new Department of Environmental Protection regulations.

Logistics center definition still the issue

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hearing held for Rock Lehigh Valley appeal of East Allen zoning decision

Allen Township Fire Company was the venue for a Jan. 27 legal hearing by Rock Lehigh Valley, a subsidiary of the Rockefeller Group, in its appeal of a zoning decision for East Allen Township property zoned agricultural near the FedEx Ground warehouse.

East Allen Township Board of Supervisors rejected an application for a warehouse in 2018 after an extensive public hearing. The warehouse would require the township to change zoning on a parcel that borders Weaversville Road.

Imperial Realty use hearing extended

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

East Allen Township Board of Supervisors’ Jan. 23 meeting agenda had a one-line entry labeled Conditional Use Hearing #19-17002. The time required for this single agenda item forced the meeting to carry over to a Feb. 27 meeting at the township office.

SVN Imperial Realty has been part of the Skeans family for decades, and the property at the corner of Airport Road and Route 329 was one of its earlier developments. Attorney Mark Kaplan represented the company at the hearing.