Convenience store plan sparks traffic debate in Bethlehem Township


BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. – The Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners conditionally approved the Hecktown Road Business Park final plan at its Monday night meeting.

The approval concerned lots six and seven at the Hecktown Road Business Park. The condition focused on how the developer would approach stormwater management for the site. A 180,000 square-foot flex building will be built on lot six, and a 67,000 square-foot medical office building on lot seven, according to Township Treasurer Rosalia Italiano-Cacciabeve.

Italiano-Cacciabeve said that the developer will be building a stormwater management facility underneath the parking lot of the site. The underground facility will have various pipes in order to flush out stormwater from the premises.

The layout of the project is divided among three municipalities, including Bethlehem Township, a small sliver in Palmer Township, and a majority in Lower Nazareth, according to Italiano-Cacciabeve.

In other business, the board also granted a time extension to the developer of the Mill Creek Corporate Center project. The extension has been granted for Dec. 31, 2019.

Plans for the project include the construction of an office building, restaurant, bank and hotel. It is proposed for the area near Route 33, William Penn Highway and Church Road in the township.