De­vel­oper wants to build five dis­tri­bu­tion build­ings.

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DINO STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: jdino@stan­dard­speaker.com

Kline Twp. has fi­nally heard from a Mas­sachusetts de­vel­oper who wants to build five large dis­tri­bu­tion build­ings that could em­ploy up to 750 peo­ple and will cover most of a 347acre par­cel of land known as “Devil’s Moun­tain,” a pop­u­lar hunt­ing area, in Kline Twp.

At­tor­ney Mark Se­manchik, the town­ship so­lic­i­tor, told the town­ship su­per­vi­sors Mon­day the Brew­ster De­vel­op­ment Co., Franklin, Mas­sachusetts, has sub­mit­ted a sewage plan­ning mod­ule that is the first step to ap­ply­ing for the large de­vel­op­ment.

How­ever, Su­per­vi­sor Dale Wes­ner said af­ter the mod­ule was re­viewed, there was in­for­ma­tion miss­ing. So the su­per­vi­sors au­tho­rized the so­lic­i­tor to let Brew­ster De­vel­op­ment know the 60-day time frame will not be­gin un­til they sup­ply in­for­ma­tion that was lack­ing in the sub­mis­sion they made.

Se­manchik also asked the town­ship should de­cide on a meet­ing place that could hold a lot of peo­ple in the COVID-19 en­vi­ron­ment, in the event a town­ship plan­ning com­mis­sion meet­ing will be re­quired, per­haps by Oc­to­ber.

Wes­ner said the rear garage would be large enough, with six-foot dis­tanc­ing, to hold such a hear­ing.

“The sewage mod­ule is one small piece of the over­all plan,” Se­manchik said. “The (town­ship) plan­ning com­mis­sion may ac­tu­ally start see­ing some of the ini­tial phases of that sub­di­vi­sion plan. We might be able, as a plan­ning com­mis­sion, to start hav­ing some re­view. In or­der to get to that point, there’s go­ing to have to be some ad­ver­tise­ments, and where we might ac­tu­ally be hold­ing meet­ings. By the Oc­to­ber (su­per­vi­sors’) meet­ing, we are go­ing to need to have a firm plan in place.”

The town­ship first heard from Brew­ster in Fe­bru­ary 2019, but not since.

If the project be­comes re­al­ity, ware­houses rang­ing from 500,000 to 1 mil­lion square feet will oc­cupy most of a piece of prop­erty bounded by In­ter­state 81, Lofty Road, the vil­lages of Haddock and Lofty, and the Kline-de­lano Twp. line.

The con­cep­tual plan is for 3.75 mil­lion square feet un­der roof. Five struc­tures — 684,000, 1 mil­lion, 1,084.000 and two, 501,600 square-foot struc­tures — rep­re­sent­ing just un­der 11,000 square feet per acre, would be spec­u­la­tively built. All of the land is zoned in­dus­trial, which will al­low those build­ings to be built.

The pro­jected tax rev­enue the struc­tures would gen­er­ate has been es­ti­mated by the de­vel­oper at $1,875,000 an­nu­ally.

All of the prop­erty — across the street from the van Hoeke­len Green­houses — is owned by A&A Real Es­tate. Wes­ner said A&A is the van Hoeke­len fam­ily.

The de­vel­oper has ac­knowl­edged the Lofty Road, and its in­ter­sec­tion with Route 309, would have to be up­graded to ac­com­mo­date the de­vel­op­ment.

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