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Project could bring 700 homes, shopping center, restaurant

Project could bring 700 homes, shopping center, restaurant

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - A local developer wants to split up nearly 600 acres of farmland in Lower Macungie Township.

Thursday night's Board of Commissioner's meeting comes almost a year after the Planning Commission gave the proposal the green light.

The hearing was an information session only there was no action and no vote.

But we did learn more about Jaindl Land Company's plan of potential industrial and commercial development.

It's known as Spring Creek Properties Subdivision 1.

The plan calls for nearly 600 acres of farmland to be subdivided into 14 lots.

The land could eventually be developed into 4-million square feet of warehouses, close to 700 residential units, a shopping center on 74 acres, a convenience store with gas pumps and a restaurant.

"The first step of course is the subdivision and then we'll take it from there, but no I would not anticipate it would be built all at once," said David Jaindl of Jaindl Land Company.

At Thursday's Lower Macungie Commissioners meeting, officials were only focusing on the division of land and the request to extend Sauerkraut Road.

But the meeting did draw a small crowd and there was some tension.

This plan is the first application resulting from a controversial agreement between the township and Jaindl.

Jaindl dropped plans to turn the land into a quarry in exchange for zoning changes to allow industrial and commercial development.

"[We're] very concerned about the affect on the Township, we feel that this is not smart growth, there's a lot of urban sprawl in the area," said Mark Spengler of the Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie Township.

Neighbors against the eventual development say it will create traffic problems, hurt the environment and lower property values.

"We're gonna keep speaking, keep talking that's all we can hope for," said Spengler.

"Our hope is for favorable approval but it's, that's up to them," said Jaindl.

The proposal will be back before the Township Board of Commissioners on April 5th.

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