LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - The Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners discussed a Tax Increment Financing plan to assist in the Hamilton Crossings Development at their meeting on Thursday evening.
Representatives from the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority showed the Board a presentation explaining what a Tax Increment Financing plan is, how it benefits the community, and how this plan will help finance the Hamilton Crossings Development.
According to Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority representatives, this TIF plan in compliant with the Tax Increment Financing Act of 1990. Currently 49 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have such legislation in use.
LCIDA is executing Stage One of this TIF plan by presenting the plan to the Board of Commissioners. LCIDA is working with The Goldenberg Group on this project and representatives from this group were present at the meeting ready to also present to the Board.
Representatives from The Goldenberg Group showed the Board several construction projects around the Lehigh Valley that they have been involved with.
Each project was partly financed by a TIF plan. The projects shown at the meeting included the Metroplex in Plymouth Meeting, Exeter Commons in Exeter Township, and Tilden Ridge in Tilden Township next door to the well known retail establishment Cabela's. According to the Goldenberg Group representative, Cabela's was partly financed by a TIF plan. However, The Goldenberg Group was not involved with the project.
The Hamilton Crossings project that The Goldenberg Group wants to finance with the proposed TIF plan is located at the Route 222 Bypass and Krocks Road. It is a 63-acre parcel that will be used for commercial development. According to The Goldenberg Group, this development will be anchored by a Target store as well as the first Costco in the Lehigh Valley.
The Goldenberg Group is currently working with the Lower Macungie Township Zoning Board, the Fifth District of PennDOT, as well as the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System. The Goldenberg Group is working with NPDES to develop a solid stormwater system because flooding has become a major concern of the Township in the area surrounding the project.
One of the main reasons for the construction of this project is to facilitate economic development. There will be 570,000 square feet of commercial development constructed in the parcel creating over 400 construction jobs, and once the project is finished, will created over 1,000 permanent jobs. If all proposed plans are approved, The Goldenberg Group predicts all store openings to occur in the fall of 2014.
According to The Goldenberg Group and LCIDA, the extraordinary costs associated with this project exceed $18 million, which the proposed TIF plan will partially cover.
LCIDA requested approval from the Board to move forward with the proposed TIF plan as well as asked for representatives from the Board to sit on the TIF committee.
The Board approved LCIDA's request and appointed Commissioner James F. Lancsek and Township Manager Bruce E. Fosselman to serve on the TIF committee.
LCIDA is moving onto the next step of the approval process which is requesting approval from the surrounding School District and from the County. If LCIDA gets approval from both, they will then present the TIF plan to the taxing bodies of the township for further approval.
Do not expect a warning if you're pulled over in Exeter Township for not wearing a seat belt. Officers say a zero-tolerance policy is in effect.Read More »
- Lehigh Valley Pa. DEP holds IESI Landfill meeting
- Lehigh Valley Easton's new police headquarters taking shape
- Lehigh Valley Palmer receives $347K grant for Chrin Field development project
- Western New Jersey Phillipsburg steps back salary ranges after resident complaints
- Berks Reading Planning Commission, Alvernia move forward with Health Complex
- Lehigh Valley Colonial Regional, Bath could negotiate contracted services pact
- Updated Cosby arrives for Day 3 of jury selection
- Updated Boutique at the Rink 2017 kicks off next Tuesday
- Environmental group to spend $130K in governor's race
- Life Lessons: Wisdom Wednesday: Finding your authentic self
- Schuylkill man to appear in court; accused of leaving 3 young children alone, 1 in 'cage'
- Man suspected of robbing Forks Verizon store set for preliminary hearing
- Some rain this morning followed by clouds and some sunny breaks this afternoon
- Bethel-Tulpehocken Library anticipates major renovations
- Exeter Township Police enforce zero-tolerance policy
- Pa. DEP holds IESI Landfill meeting