Allentown City Hall

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Allentown Planning Commission granted preliminary/final land development plan approval for the construction of a new warehouse during its Tuesday afternoon meeting.

The warehouse is proposed for 1014 Sumner Avenue by developer 1014 Sumner Avenue LLC. The plans presented Tuesday showed a 23,500-square-foot building that is 35 feet in height, with a 17-space employee parking lot in addition to three truck docking areas. The project is in the city's Business Light Industrial Zoning District.

The plan involved two phases. The first required a lot line adjustment, and the second was the project's land development proposal. Engineers who presented the concept Tuesday on the developer's behalf said an existing sewer line would be rerouted directly to Sumner Avenue. In addition, the vacation of Peach Street - which is a street in name only - would be required. Peach Street runs between the project's two lots, one of which is a subdivided lot. The building also has potential to serve as a manufacturing facility, representatives noted Tuesday.

Chairman Christian Brown urged the developer to consider "more plant material" to provide better separation for nearby neighbors. Overall, the chairman favorably viewed the project.

"I must say I think it's a pretty handsome development," Brown said. "It is really well designed."

In addition to land development plan approval, planners also approved a waiver.

In other news, the planning commission tabled a preliminary/final plan for a new restaurant. The 1,817-square-foot facility is proposed for 1134 Hanover Avenue by developer 1134 Hanover Ave LLC.

The developer plans to build an American Middle Eastern restaurant, according to comments Tuesday. A total of three employees will be working full time, with 80 seats in the restaurant serviced by 21 parking spaces. The lot, which is now vacant, last housed a used car lot and previously a hamburger stand.

Brown suggested the developer move the facility closer to the street than it appears in the submitted plan. 

Finally, a preliminary/final plan for the construction of a 3,200-square-foot building for an auto detailing business was pulled by the applicant.

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