Another variance for adjoining apartments

The proposed Weis will be part of a mixed-use development proposed by a company called Sterling Lehigh Valley LLC.

Next to the Weis, and directly behind Allen Organ, will be seven three-story apartment buildings on 25 acres. Thirty-six units will be inside three of the buildings. Each of the other four buildings will have 24 apartments. A 2,500-square-foot clubhouse also will be on the property.

The apartment complex also got a variance, because three of the buildings are less than 50 feet apart, which is required by the township.

Some are as close as 35 feet from each other, testified Thomas Barton, the architect. He described them as fire-protected wood frame buildings that will have sprinkler systems and non-combustible exterior “skins.”

The entire project will have to undergo a land development review before being approved by township commissioners.

All the changes were backed by township officials. “We’re generally supportive of the project; it’s going to be a good addition to the township,” said Sara Pandl, Lower Macungie’s planning and community development director, who was speaking for the township commissioners.