Toll Brothers cleared the final hurdle in its quest for approval of a 232-unit, age-qualified development along Route 512 near Jaindl Road. Catherine Durso, of Fitzpatrick, Lentz and Bubba, P.C., represented Toll Brothers in its appearance before East Allen Township’s board of supervisors Feb. 8. The conditional use hearing was followed by two ordinances. The board approved the project unanimously.
The board asked Toll Brothers to confirm numerous verbal agreements. The conditional use hearing formally approved the agreements.
Michael Gamzon, of Griffin Industrial Realty Inc., was on the agenda at East Allen Township’s workshop meeting Jan. 11, proposing a 371,000-square-foot warehouse, with a build-out for 76 dock spaces, on the site of MC Ironworks at 7230 Beth-Bath Pike, Route 512. The site has an active rail line that cuts in front of the property and borders Monocacy Creek.
According to Gamzon, warehouses of similar size usually generate 1,400 trips per day — about 700 vehicles. The traffic is a significant increase over present use.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors, at its regular meeting Jan. 26, confirmed a scheduled conditional use hearing and zoning amendment for an Age Qualified Community, proposed by Toll Brothers for vacant land along Route 512 near Jaindl Boulevard.
The details of the proposal have been before the board in prior meetings. The problems addressed in prior meetings include connecting water and sewer lines to Bethlehem Water Authority and the size of some of the proposed lots.
At the Jan. 11 workshop meeting, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors set two significant hearing dates.
The first set of hearings is a noncontroversial session for a Toll Brothers project along Route 512 near Jaindl Road. (See story on page A1.) The conditional use hearing and the zoning amendment request will be heard at the same meeting. The hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the municipal building.
The more controversial hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 23. The project has stirred much debate in the community.
At its year-end meeting Dec. 15, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors passed the 2017 budget without requiring any tax increase.
Chairman Roger Unangst corrected an agenda item scheduled for January. Rockefeller Group proposed a warehouse development along Weaversville Road. The firm has requested time on the agenda for Jan. 11 for a presentation.
Twice a year, East Allen Township firefighters and auxiliary members hold a bingo event to benefit the volunteer staff.
A successful event was held Nov. 13 at the 5354 Nor-Bath Blvd. facility.
“We are sold out,” said Lauren McDevitt, president of the auxiliary, on the day of the bingo. “We have 180 people who came out to participate.
“This is the second event of the year,” she said. “We had one in the spring, and it sold out, too.”
Profits go to the fire department.
At the Nov. 17 meeting of East Allen Township Board of Supervisors, James Birdsall, the township’s former engineer and a consultant with Hanover Engineering, presented a proposal for public sewer service for a Toll Brothers project on Route 512.
Under the agreement, Bethlehem would provide water service to a group of new residential homes located on Route 512 near Amore Farms Greenhouse and Vineyard. Bethlehem’s water authority handles public water service in the township. It would provide service to the new residents.
In October, VerTek Construction Management proposed a warehouse-style development at the corner of Airport Road and Route 329. The area is zoned commercial and has been for decades. The zoning allows for warehouse operations.
Earlier this year, the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors passed a change to the zoning ordinance requiring all applicants for warehousing projects to present their plans to the board. The option allows the board to impose reasonable restrictions on the development.
With an earthy whiff that might come from your imagination after reading a few chapters of Pearl Buck’s “Good Earth,” First Regional Compost Authority (FRCA) opened its main facility on Weaversville Road for a quick tour.
William Bedics runs the operation.
“This isn’t our only location. We have several satellite locations at the townships we serve,” he said.
FRCA primarily collects yard waste, such as leaves and grass clippings.
Joseph Fitzpatrick, lead attorney for Rockefeller Group, disappointed East Allen Township residents Oct. 27 by delaying a zoning hearing for a warehouse development on Weaversville Road.
After hearing of the delay, most residents interested in making comments left the township’s board of supervisors meeting before it even began.
Dan Barnhart, one of the residents who stayed for the meeting, expressed his opposition.
“These warehouses will ruin the entire Valley,” he said.