The request came from the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority, which owns the property. The parking deck already has been approved.
Adding another level will add 106 spaces to the deck, said Atty. Tim Siegfried, representing the authority. He said the deck will have a total of 746 spaces. It will serve the arena, hotel and offices on the site.
* Plans were discussed for construction of a 7,000-square-foot office/warehouse at 650 E. Washington St. in east Allentown. The undeveloped property is at the corner of Washington and Gilmore streets. It will include on-site parking and loading bays on two different levels on opposite sides of the building.
The plan proposes vehicles will back out onto Washington Street, which will require a variance from the zoning hearing board. Three waivers also will be sought by the developer, John W. Troxell.
Troxell proposes vacating a short and undeveloped section of N. Gilmore, between Washington and Jean streets. Hefele predicted the process to vacate that street will take several months. Planners approved the street vacation, which ultimately will be decided by City Council, said Foucek.
Further discussion of that warehouse plan was tabled until April.
* Two projects discussed in detail at the February planning commission meeting received quick approval. Both could not be approved in February because the city did not yet have required review letters from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
Planners approved the land development plan for Bennett Infiniti, a 23,000-square-foot car dealership on four acres at 2109 Lehigh St., across from Queen City Airport and between Bennett Toyota and the Wawa convenience store.
The other approved plan, called Allentown Classic Motor Car, will create an unusual private driving course for antique automobiles on the former site of the Boulevard Drive-In movie theater off Union Boulevard in east Allentown.
The “network of roadways and walkways in a park-like open space setting” on the 20-plus-acre property will be for the private enjoyment and entertainment of Italian jewelry retailer and car collector Nicola Bulgari. The outdoor screen is still standing and again will be used for show movies, but only for Bulgari and his guests.