Ware­house to re­place 16 build­ings on Route 329

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

The trans­for­ma­tion of an in­dus­trial park into a sin­gle ware­house in East Allen Town­ship has been ap­proved by the Board of Su­per­vi­sors.

The board Thurs­day granted con­di­tional use ap­proval to Im­pe­rial Re­alty Group LLC to subdivide the prop­erty at Air­port Road and Route 329 into four lots, with Lot 1 con­sol­i­dated into one 26.6-acre par­cel that will fea­ture a ware­house to­tal­ing 245,000 square feet.

Six­teen of­fice and man­u­fac­tur­ing build­ings will be de­mol­ished in or­der to make way for the sin­gle ware­house.

The strip plaza on Lot 2 will be re­tained, with the to­tal area of Lots 2 and 3 in­creased from 1.9 to 2.3 acres in or­der to put four sep­tic sys­tems on Lot 2.

A new pri­mary and sec­ondary sep­tic system will be pro­vided by Im­pe­rial Re­alty for the ware­house, through ei­ther a sand mound or drip irrigation.

Lot 3 will fea­ture a small ware­house on lit­tle more than an acre, and Lot 4 will re­main un­changed, with an ex­ist­ing building on that site re­tained.

“I’m wor­ried about the two ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties and that they have an ad­e­quate [sep­tic] system,” su­per­vi­sor Mark Schwartz said be­fore the board’s 4-0 vote ap­prov­ing the con­di­tional use.

The town­ship re­tains the right to con­duct prop­erty in­spec­tions to en­sure ad­e­quacy, town­ship man­ager Brent Green said.

The ware­house would be served water by Beth­le­hem, with a booster pump­ing station de­signed to sup­ple­ment the water sup­ply for fire pro­tec­tion, if needed.

The prop­erty is pri­mar­ily in the light in­dus­trial busi­ness park zone, where ware­hous­ing is per­mit­ted, with a por­tion zoned limited planned com­mer­cial. It is di­rectly across the 41-acre site be­ing de­vel­oped as The Cubes at Le­high Val­ley-Air­port Road by Clayco Inc. and Vertek Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment.

Two drive­ways lead­ing from the pro­posed Lot 1 to Air­port Road will be re­tained.

There are no con­di­tions in the agree­ment lim­it­ing trucks solely to right-hand turns south­bound onto Air­port Road when leav­ing Lot 1, said Jim Milot, town­ship en­gi­neer.

Ap­proval was con­di­tioned upon suf­fi­cient room be­ing pro­vided to stack up to 12 trucks on the prop­erty with­out af­fect­ing Air­port Road traf­fic, in ac­cor­dance with tes­ti­mony pro­vided by Mark Bah­nick, Im­pe­rial’s engi­neer­ing con­sul­tant, dur­ing a con­di­tional use hear­ing held in May.

The site is ex­pected to gen­er­ate 636 trips per day, cars and trucks, at full build­out, Bah­nick pre­vi­ously said, rep­re­sent­ing a re­duc­tion from the 781 trips the prop­erty now pro­duces.

The plan also calls for two parking ar­eas, with one to the north con­sist­ing of 125 parking spa­ces for cars, and 52 truck load­ing spa­ces and 52 trailer parking spa­ces in the parking area to the south.

Both will be con­nected by a drive­way wrap­ping around the rear of the ware­house, with no parking, queu­ing, stag­ing or load­ing per­mit­ted on Air­port Road or Route 329.

Im­pe­rial is also re­quired to con­struct a 100-foot wide berm of equiv­a­lent height along the western perime­ter from Route 329 to the south­ern prop­erty line to mit­i­gate sight, sound and light from ex­it­ing the prop­erty, as well as street trees and land­scape buffer­ing along the frontage of Air­port Road and Route 329.

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