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South Whitehall grants second extension to developer

Corrects misinformation about Jan. 18 meeting

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - At its Wednesday meeting, the South Whitehall Board of Commissioners approved 3-0 a second year-long extension for Hotel Hamilton LLC to complete its plan to develop the property around the King George Inn.

The developer plans to build a pharmacy, bank and an extended-stay 100-room hotel, as well as 192 parking spaces next to the inn located on the 300 block of Hamilton Boulevard. The inn itself will be converted into offices.

The board had previously granted preliminary plan approval in February of 2016, but stormwater management issues led the developer to ask for a year-long extension in February 2017. 

The developer asked for the second extension so it could continue working on the storm water issues.

The site of the King George Inn, at the intersection of Hamilton and Cedar Crest Boulevards, is prone to flooding. 

In other business, the board unanimously voted to grant a request by Posocco Equities to proceed with their project to build 219 housing units on the 1400 block of Blue Barn Road.

The developer is completing the project in three phases. The second phase of the project, which the board gave preliminary/final approval for at its meeting, calls for constructing 47 townhouse dwelling units and 1,300 linear feet of new roadway. 

The entire project aims to build 213 townhouse dwelling units in South Whitehall and six single dwelling units in Upper Macungie Township. Another goal of the project, which will encompass a 41-acre parcel of land, is to build more than 6,000 linear feet of new roadway, most of which would be in South Whitehall.

The plan also dedicates a more than 2-acre parcel of land to the Township as prime open space.

The township planning commission will review the plan at its Jan. 18 meeting.

Also at the meeting, Township Manager Renee Bickel said that some residents in South Whitehall received a public notice in the mail about the township planning commission’s Jan, 18 meeting purporting to have been sent by Gregg R. Adams of the township Community Development Department.

Bickel stressed that neither Adams nor the township had sent the notice, which contains inaccurate information about the commission’s meeting.

The notice states that the meeting begins at 7 p.m., when in reality it will begin at 7:30 p.m. The notice also misrepresents details of a mixed-use development being proposed for 190 acres along Cedar Crest Boulevard between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road. Developer Kay Builders will be talking about the project at the planning commission meeting.

Bickel said she was unaware who circulated the postcard. Correct information about the meeting can be found on the South Whitehall Township website.

Board Vice President Glenn Block and Commissioner David Bond were absent from Wednesday’s meeting.

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