David Harte, vice president of Business Development for Pennsylvania Venture Capital, surprised East Allen Township Board of Supervisors at the end of the Jan. 28 meeting, stating, “We did not have enough interest in Farmhouse Mews; it was too expensive.
“We propose to build a personal care facility. It is something we know and understand how to do well,” Harte said.
The developer’s vision for the project includes the personal care facility and a future medical office building.
At East Allen Township Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting Jan. 13, the board made a change to its zoning ordinance requiring that any warehousing applications in the township require an appearance before the board. Supervisors are concerned with the amount of truck traffic in the township and the impact from the FedEx hub in neighboring Allen Township.
International shipping giant FedEx has approvals from Allen Township to build a one-million-square-foot warehouse along Willowbrook Road for its ground operations.
Scott Muller and Sean Policelli from Gilmore and Associates, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm, asked East Allen Township to review a proposal that would allow the expansion of Valley View subdivision along Hanoverville Road.
Most of the expansion would be in East Allen with a portion of the project in Hanover Township, Northampton County.
Matthew Morrow and Gregory Kuhn presented East Allen Township Board of Supervisors details on changes made to the township's ambulance corps.
The notable change is the corps will have paid per diem staff during the workday hours rather than an all-volunteer crew, which it has been for 30-some years.
Based on the statistics Morrow presented, the 24-hour response rate has deteriorated in that missed calls exceeded taken calls.
A monster truck named Raminator drew crowds to Bath July 18 and set a Guinness world record with a speed of 99.1 mph.
Kevin Rodgers, commercial truck manager at Brown-Daub's newest location on Route 512, which hosted the monster truck performance, said the center prides itself on a quick turn-around for workhorse trucks.
"The Bath location is only our second pure commercial truck location in the nation. The other is out west," said Rodgers. "We have the people here that can maintain commercial trucks."
After weeks of reviews and discussions, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors approved a proposal by PA Ventures Capital Inc. to build townhouses on vacant land along Airport Road at Hanoverville Road.
The property is governed by East Allen and Hanover townships, Northampton County.
The proposal includes constructing a strip mall geared toward neighborhood services along Airport Road. The 88-unit townhouse development will be served with a main entrance off Jacksonville Road.
Part of the schedule for East Allen Township's day camp at Bicentennial Park is a visit from the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus.
"We have two events scheduled where they bring the animals here and then we have an outing where we go to their place," said Chuck Frantz, who coordinates the camp for the township.
On June 30, Sarah Weigel, a naturalist with Wildlands Conservancy, brought her favorite animals to show the campers.
At the East Allen Township workshop session on June 25, township Engineer James Milot reported that the details of the numerous meetings on housing development Farmhouse Mews were summarized and presented to Solicitor Joseph Piperato. At the regular meeting of the board of supervisors, set for July 8, there will be a formal vote on the conditions required by the developer to move the project forward. The developer could exercise the option to proceed through the land development and planning process.
With 150 campers signed up, many ready to go since registration opened in March, East Allen Township kicked off its ninth camping season on June 22.
"It is not only a good program and keeps everyone active, but it is pretty cost effective. It's around five dollars a day for residents," said Chuck Frantz, East Allen Township's Parks & Recreation program director.
The campers range in age from 5 to 12, with most campers in the 8- to 10-year-old range.
The camp is at Centennial Park East and lasts for seven weeks.
Between public hearings and meeting agendas, East Allen Township has devoted long hours of debate to Farmhouse Mews, a townhouse project funded by PA Venture Capital.
The vacant parcel for the project is bounded by Airport, Jacksonville and Hanoverville roads. The same basic issues keep resurfacing while supervisors put off making any decision. The process is still open after a lengthy discussion at the June 10 meeting, which ran into the early-morning hours.