The Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA) approved the sale of large piece of land just to the north of the airport.

The New York-based Rockefeller Group is buying 253 acres of airport property, Charles Everett, the Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley International Airport said.

The land will be the footprint of a new FedEx warehouse, LNAA Chairman Tony Iannelli and board member Dean Browning said.

The 253 acres is part of a 434 acre parcel of land just north of the airport that's being sold off to cover debt from a legal judgment over the initial taking of that land by the airport authority

The Rockefeller Group is paying $9.6 million dollars for the land, Everett said.

The developers now have 6-and-a-half-years to complete construction, said Everett.

The 181 additional acres in that parcel can also be purchased by the Rockefeller Group.

Another almost-300 acres to the east of the airport is not part of the agreement with The Rockefeller Group.  It is land that local developers can bid on.