East Allen homes to move off well

Prop­erty own­ers to con­nect to new main in­tended to sup­ply in­dus­trial project.

The Morning Call - - LOCAL/REGION NEWS - By Kevin Duffy Kevin Duffy is a free­lance writer.

A com­mu­nity well serv­ing home­own­ers in East Allen Gar­dens will soon be aban­doned thanks to a wa­ter main ex­ten­sion be­ing planned by the City of Bethlehem to serve an in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment.

A pro­posed 8-inch main ex­ten­sion — north­ward from Jaindl Land Com­pany’s forth­com­ing ware­house com­plex along Seemsville Road in Allen Town­ship to the Mud Lane sub­di­vi­sion — will af­fect 25 to 30 homes within the East Allen Town­ship por­tion of the de­vel­op­ment, Town­ship Man­ager Brent Green told town­ship su­per­vi­sors Mon­day.

Green will soon meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the City of Bethlehem Depart­ment of Wa­ter and Sewer Re­sources to voice agree­ment with a let­ter to both town­ships and the de­vel­oper from Di­rec­tor Ed­ward Boscola.

Boscola wrote that the di­am­e­ter of the line should be in­creased to 12 inches in or­der to guar­an­tee ad­e­quate flow, en­sure en­hanced emer­gency re­sponse in the event of fire and to bet­ter pro­vide ser­vice for fu­ture growth.

In­creas­ing ca­pac­ity for fire sup­pres­sion “is def­i­nitely a plus,” East Allen Su­per­vi­sor Mark Schwartz said.

The 4,200-foot ex­ten­sion would run along Seemsville Road from the pro­posed Jaindl Lane Com­pany de­vel­op­ment in Allen Town­ship, which calls for six ware­houses to­tal­ing 2.5 mil­lion square feet be­tween Seemsville and How­er­town roads.

The line will con­nect to the well pump on Prospect Drive in East Allen and will ne­ces­si­tate the in­stal­la­tion of a small booster pump to be con­nected to the ex­ist­ing net­work of distri­bu­tion pip­ing cur­rently serv­ing the de­vel­op­ment, wrote Boscola.

Four fire hy­drants will then be in­stalled along Mud Lane, where none ex­ist at present.

Roughly 25-30 homes are in the East Allen side of the de­vel­op­ment, with an­other 40 or so sit­u­ated across the bound­ary line in Allen Town­ship.

There will be no cost to res­i­dents in or­der to con­nect to the line, and no time frame has been set for when the work will be­gin, Green said.

The line ex­ten­sion amounts to a good will ges­ture on the part of the de­vel­oper and is not a re­quire­ment of the land de­vel­op­ment plan, Allen Town­ship Man­ager Ilene Eck­hart said.

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