New base­ball field, up­grades on ta­ble for Jaindl project

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kevin Duffy

Two base­ball fields are bet­ter than one — that’s the pitch that Lehigh Town­ship will con­sider as part of its deal with de­vel­oper David Jaindl to ex­pand its waste­water treat­ment plant and make way for his re­sort des­ti­na­tion.

Town­ship su­per­vi­sors elected to ta­ble a de­ci­sion on Jaindl’s pro­posal to ap­ply recre­ation fees as­so­ci­ated with the sec­ond devel­op­ment phase of his Lehigh Val­ley Re­sort & Spa to the con­struc­tion of a new base­ball field at Delps Park to make up for the 2 acres that the Lehigh Town­ship Mu­nic­i­pal Author­ity will take from In­dian Trail Park in order to ex­pand its ex­ist­ing plant.

Rec fees would only go to­ward con­struc­tion of the new field, Jaindl told the board dur­ing its meet­ing Tues­day.

The town­ship will con­vey the 2 acres to the author­ity, which would then lease the land back to the town­ship in order to con­tinue us­ing the base­ball field un­til a por­tion of that land is re­quired for the ex­pan­sion, with Jaindl in­stalling fenc­ing to sep­a­rate the recre­ation area from the plant.

Ul­ti­mately they will be left with a smaller base­ball field at In­dian Trail Park scaled for Lit­tle League play, and an adult-size field at Delps Park, which Jaindl will pro­vide.

“When the dust set­tles you’ll have two ball­fields when you used to have one,” said Joe Za­tor, an at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing Jaindl.

As part of the deal, Jaindl said he’s will­ing to work with the town­ship to con­struct new toi­let fa­cil­i­ties at Delps Park and pro­vide up­grades to the chil­dren’s play­ground area at In­dian Trail Park.

“More mod­ern, safer equip­ment,” he said.

He has also agreed to fund $280,000 in fa­cil­ity up­grades at the author­ity plant be­yond what is needed for his fu­ture re­sort at 300 Cher­ryville Road.

“We’re agree­ing to do $280,000 worth of im­prove­ments that have noth­ing to do with our project at all,” said Fred Ebert, Jaindl’s engi­neer­ing con­sul­tant.

Clos­ing on the agree­ment of sale would be con­tin­gent upon both the mu­nic­i­pal author­ity and town­ship be­ing sat­is­fied that all agreed-upon con­di­tions have been met, said Za­tor.

Ex­pan­sion of the plant is nec­es­sary to han­dle waste­water from Jaindl’s re­sort as well as to con­vey potable water there through the City of Beth­le­hem.

That will ne­ces­si­tate build­ing a gen­er­a­tor and booster pump sta­tion dur­ing the ini­tial devel­op­ment phase of the re­sort, which in­cludes trans­form­ing the sem­i­nary into an event cen­ter, restau­rant, and 206-room ho­tel, along with con­vert­ing the con­vent into a spa.

Kevin Duffy is a free­lance writer for The Morn­ing Call.

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