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Upper Macungie planners approve new Fogelsville location for old restaurant

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - What's old will become new again as far as restaurants go relocating to the Lehigh Valley.

The Upper Macungie Planning Commission Wednesday gave the final land development approval for the construction of a 5,562 square foot two-story restaurant and an 11,400 square foot medical office building called Lehigh Hills to be located at 7801 Glenlivet Drive West across from the Weis Market in Fogelsville.

The restaurant will become the long awaited new location for Madeline's restaurant whose original and now former location in Orwigsburg was destroyed by an accidental fire back in 2012 and never rebuilt.

Jerry Blecker of King's Management, LLC said Madeline's is a casual fine dining establishment. The two-story restaurant will feature a bar and several dining rooms on the first floor and two banquet rooms, an outdoor deck, and a cigar lounge on the second floor.

The medical office building will be outfitted and occupied by St. Luke's University Health Network, he said.

In other business, the commission heard a preliminary land redevelopment plan for the construction of two 730,000 square foot warehouses at the site of the former Kraft Foods property located at 7352 Industrial Blvd.

Vacated by the food manufacturer back in 2015, the new project will be called the Park 100 Logistics Center.

Township Engineer J. Scott Stenroos voiced his concerns about the mix of truck and auto traffic entering and exiting the site and the construction of various driveways and access points.

Township officials also were concerned about the possibility of 467 trucks entering and exiting the property daily an what township roads they would be traveling most frequently.

Stenroos also suggested the site and the surrounding neighborhood undergo a complete planning revamp considering the size and scope of Park 100 and the lack of updating in the area.

Developer Chris Ciliberti of Atlanta's Ridgeline Property Group and attorney Blake Marles of Stevens and Lee in Allentown said since a tenant has not been found to lease the property particulars such as traffic, parking, and building configurations remain uncertain at present.

Marles also asked for the township's input on buffering options and input on the project.

Ridgeline is expected to provide updated plans at next month's planning meeting.

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