LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. -

A 12,000-square-foot retail building that will house three stores is being planned on a vacant lot in the Trexlertown Shopping Center along Hamilton Boulevard, near the Lehigh County village of Trexlertown.

And much larger warehouses are being proposed in other parts of Lower Macungie Township.

All were reviewed by the township’s Planning Commission Tuesday night.

The commission unanimously recommended preliminary plan approval for the new free-standing building in the shopping center.

It also recommended that township commissioners give preliminary/final approval for a 106,000-square foot warehouse in Lehigh Valley South Industrial Park, just north of the borough of Alburtis.

And it tabled plans for three large warehouses and a commercial building in David Jaindl’s Spring Creek Properties subdivision off Spring Creek Road, also north of Alburtis.

The meeting was poorly attended and no one from the public asked any questions or comments about the projects.

New building at shopping center

During the discussion about the shopping center’s new building, planner Maury Robert asked the question often on people’s minds at planning commission meetings.

He asked the developers: “Would you like to disclose any of the occupants of the building?”

“We really have no signed leases at this point,” said Robert Mastandrea, director of special operators for Cedar Realty Trust, which owns the shopping center.

But Mastandrea told planners the project is being “driven” by an unnamed credit union now located in the neighboring Trexler Mall shopping center.

He said that credit union wants a location where it can have a drive-thru and an ATM.

A People First Federal Credit Union is in Trexler Mall, which also is owned by Mastandrea’s company.

A three-bay drive-thru lane will be along one side of the building, which Mastandrea indicated is where that banking facility will be located. “We fully expect this to happen.”

He said moving the credit union out of Trexler Mall would allow the state liquor store in that shopping center to expand. “I’m not sure they will go for a premium store but that will be our desire,” said Mastandrea.

He told planners that credit union would take up 4,000 of the new building’s 12,000 square feet.

An unidentified restaurant with an outdoor eating area will be at the other end of the building. Developers declined to say how large it will be.

And they gave no hint about the third tenant for the center of the building, which could be the largest store in it.

Trexlertown Shopping Center is on the south side of Hamilton Boulevard.

The Upper Macungie/Lower Macungie boundary line cuts through the heart of the 3.25-acre vacant lot.

Atty. Kate Durso, who represented the developers, said they will be going before the Upper Macungie Planning Commission next week.

The proposed building site is just north of the Giant grocery store in the shopping center and east of Giant’s gas station.

An Applebee’s restaurant is just north of the property, between it and Hamilton Boulevard.

A roadway linking the Trexlertown and Trexler Mall shopping centers is on the north side of the lot.