At the July 16 meeting of East Allen Township Zoning Hearing Board, PDW Properties was unsuccessful in its request for the board to consider redeveloping a property PDW owns along Airport Road. The property has a miniature golf course, a snack bar and a driving range as its tenants.
This stretch of Airport Road is booming with commercial development.
A large warehouse under construction by Vertek is at the intersection with Route 329. The warehouse is expected to cause such an influx of traffic that streets are being widened and intersections reworked.
East Allen Township Volunteer Fire Department and its mutual aid partners were called to a fire Aug. 19 at the central transportation hub off Chrisphalt Drive.
Officials would not comment on the cause of the fire, but it appears to have originated in a trailer transporting dry goods. The tight quarters called for a heightened response.
Original reports, later considered unfounded, indicated that chemicals were on fire and threatened to spread to other parked units. A similar fire occurred at the terminal a little over a year ago.
At Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 13, developer David Jaindl and his team received final approval for a six-warehouse configuration along a new stretch of Seemsville Road. Supervisor Dale Hassler cast the only negative vote.
“I think it is immoral that this development is going in,” he said.
Although none of the supervisors appeared pleased with the outcome, the proposed development was, in fact, allowed on the property. The township’s job was to make the project as pleasant as possible and to use the land as efficiently as possible.
At East Allen Township’s board of supervisors meeting July 25, Solicitor Joseph Piperato announced the township received a letter from Rock-Lehigh Valley LLC, a subsidiary of Rockefeller Group, extending its negotiations on a curative amendment.
The developer wants to put another structure on property owned by the airport on Willowbrook Road. The proposed structure was originally identified as a warehouse; East Allen Township decided to keep the existing zoning and not allow a warehouse on the property.
At the June 12 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Justine Huber, president of East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, gave supervisors a status update. The organization is the only volunteer ambulance organization in the Lehigh Valley. Jon Kopishke is the captain of the corps.
The plus for local residents is the volunteer corps accepts the charges offered by the insurance company — no out-of-pocket costs.
Huber introduced a new service that will allow residents to use the service to move from the hospital to their home.
With a prior meeting hint that Allen Township might vote on the JW Development warehouse plan, the board of supervisors’ June 23 agenda instead addressed truck traffic, indicating supervisors might be looking at options to the JW Development plan. The land is zoned properly, so any codifications would need to be around the conditions of the plan.
Everyone in Allen Township seems to have had at least one encounter with a FedEx Ground tandem or its equivalent buzzing along Savage Road.
At its workshop meeting July 10, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission sought support for a new regional plan dubbed River Central Comprehensive (RCC) Plan. When initially introduced, Supervisor Mark Schwartz expressed his doubts about the concept — hence, the briefing.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors workshop meeting July 10, Solicitor Joseph Piperato addressed the agenda item for the Rock-Lehigh Valley LLC hearing scheduled for July 29.
The hearing is a legal challenge by Rockefeller Development to change the board of supervisors’ ruling on a zoning change. Rock-Lehigh Valley is a subsidiary of Rockefeller.
At Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting July 9, supervisors reviewed the final plan proposal for JW Development’s warehouse project off Seemsville Road. The township’s planning commission recommended acceptance.
The project will have five warehouses in the first phase and a sixth in the second phase. The last warehouse is coordinated with the construction of a related project dubbed Liberty Commerce Center in Northampton Industrial Park. The complex is being developed by Liberty Property Trust.
At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting June 27, township Engineer James Milot reported he reviewed Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s traffic analysis for the intersection at Jade Lane and Dogwood Road along Airport Road. Supervisors asked for a review after a fatal accident earlier this year.
According to Milot, there was only one reportable accident over the past three years. The incident involved a motorcycle collision with a deer.