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David Jaindl presents plan for Mary Immaculate Center

LEHIGH TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A big name in Lehigh Valley business is pitching a proposal to convert a former Catholic seminary and convent into a resort and residential community.

David Jaindl presented an informal plan to Lehigh Township planners Monday.

The proposal involves the old Mary Immaculate Center and the 500 acres that surround it off of Cherryville Road.

Plans call for converting the former seminary and convent into a venue for weddings and other events along with a spa and hotel.

That would be followed by the development of homes in phases.

Jaindl says the project would be consistent with the character and history of the buildings already there and the surrounding area.

But the proposal is not sitting well with some residents.

"My concerns aren't that much on the seminary. That's not going to get any bigger I don't think. It's what comes after that," said one resident.

However, Jaindl countered, saying, "It will be good for the community because it's creating jobs; it's an existing building that was built in 1933 and had effectively little use up until now."

One resident says he was upset planners allowed the presentation to be made without it being listed on the meeting agenda.

But Jaindl says the presentation was just an informal proposal.

Jaindl anticipates submitting a formal development proposal early next year at which time public hearings will be scheduled.

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