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Lower Nazareth hears request for usage changes for warehouse property

Budget for 2018 passed with no tax increase

LOWER NAZARETH, Pa. - The owner of a nearly 90-acre Hanoverville Road business property, which already has two tenants, went before the Lower Nazareth Township supervisors Wednesday asking for modifications to the original use approval of the light industrial zoned property.

The owner wants to make way for a potential new packaging manufacturer and distributor that will set up shop in the remaining one-third of the 420,000 square-foot building.

Testifying on behalf of applicant TCLVTC, LLC, Matthew Numm, vice president of the Tramell-Crow Co., said packaging manufacturer PAC Worldwide is a prospective tenant.

The company would join a sizeable cocoa producer and a restaurant supply company already operating at 4779 and 4863 Hanoverville Road.

However, the supervisors are requested to allow the parcel to be used not only as a light industrial manufacturing site for PAC, which will make bubble-wrap lined shipping envelopes at the site, but also to distribute the finished product from the location, in violation of the property's current conditional use distribution specifications.

Numm said PAC's wordwide distribution will involve 150 employees working staggered hours during around the clock operations seven days a week.

In addition, the distribution will involve 120 trucking transport trip per week in and out of the facility, well under the 4,000 per week maximum allowed under the current zoning.

Attorney Erich Schock of Center Valley noted that his client's prospective tenant's occupancy will require no lighting, noise, stormwater drainage or landscaping changes at the parcel. It also will involve no changes or additions to the current building.

The supervisors will render a decision on the matter at the beginning of next year.

In other business, the board passed its 2018 budget, which included no property tax increase next year for homeowners.

The current township tax millage is 41.5 which translates to a tax of $41.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The supervisors were quick to point out there has been no tax increase in Lower Nazareth for the past ten years.

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