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Bethlehem Twp. approves Brodhead Road distribution center plans

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - Driving on Bethlehem's Brodhead Road is going to get a bit less bumpy thanks to the Bethlehem Township Commissioners' approval Monday night of a distribution center to be located on the road which also will be partially reconstructed by the project's developer.

The commissioners approved for conditional use the construction of a 513,000 square-foot distribution center to be located on the east end of Brodhead Road near Nazareth Pike on a 39-acre land parcel currently owned by Brodhead Holdings, LP to be developed by IPT Brodhead, LLC.

According to Blake Marles, an attorney representing the landowner and developer, IPT Brodhead will reconstruct, widen, and install curbing on 1,400 feet of Brodhead Road adjacent to the front of the new distribution center. 

In the planning stages for the past year, the attorney said the project will have a minimal impact on local travel since corresponding traffic studies found the bulk of the associated truck traffic predicted will occur during off-peak hours.

As part of the deal on behalf of his client, Marles requested the commissioners agree to forego $135,000 worth of imposed township recreation fees, primarily because of the high cost, $700,000, to redo its portion of Brodhead Road.

The commissioners refused to forego the recreation fees and noted such a waiver hasn't been approved since the late 1980s. However, they did agree to consider a possible reduction in inspection fees once the road is under construction.

This week the township will send out a request for bids to redo its portion of the affected road, which is 7,500 feet of roadway up to Township Line Road, according to engineer Brian Dillman of Pidcock Engineering, a firm representing the township.

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