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Developer of King George Inn site wins extension to resolve drainage issues

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - South Whitehall Township commissioners Wednesday night granted an extension to the developer of the King George Inn property, allowing for drainage issues to be resolved at Hamilton and Cedar Crest boulevards.

The board approved the request for extending the conditional preliminary approval after engineer Harold Newton, representing developer Atul Patel, explained the difficulties he’s experienced contacting the company that owns of the adjacent Shops at Cedar Point about tying into its drainage culvert.

Plans to develop the four-acre site have been in the works since 2014, when Patel announced plans to save the 18th century stone inn and build next to it a pharmacy, bank and an extended stay 100-room hotel on Hamilton Boulevard.  The name of the Patel’s company developing the site is Hotel Hamilton, LLC.

Newton said the plan has been stalled because he has not received any response from DDR Corp., which owns the Shops at Cedar Point in Allentown. He said the integrity of the inn is at risk because the intersection is prone to flooding, and asked the board to use its leverage to open communications and advance the project.

Board President Christina Morgan agreed to schedule a meeting “as soon as possible” with legislators, Allentown officials, Hotel Hamilton and DDR to work out the drainage concerns.

Morgan and Commissioner David Bond noted that DDR may not understand its part in the development of the site or appreciate the display of local support that ultimately saved the King George Inn from demolition.

On the National Register of Historic Places, the inn, last used as a restaurant, wouldAnchor be converted into offices.

Bond noted that the big-name tenants in the Shops at Cedar Point would want to be associated with a successful project that preserves the inn.

“We don’t want to go backwards on this,” Morgan added.

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