Lower Macungie grants extension for major project


LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. – The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners granted developer David Jaindl nearly $320,000 in credits toward traffic impact fees related to his proposed Jaindl Commercial Park North project.

The amount Jaindl received was less than he sought. Commissioners approved the credit in a 3-1 vote Thursday night, with Commissioner Douglas Brown dissenting.

In voting for the credit, President Ronald W. Beitler called the proposed project "a home run" and "the type of development Lower Macungie Township wants."

He also noted the economic benefits, saying the additional tax revenue the project would generate would benefit the township and the East Penn School District for years to come.

In voting against the credit, Brown said the township would be seeking a tax increase and that the project "doesn't help traffic."

Jaindl agreed to stipulations that the project would follow the basic proposal and would not dramatically change. The planned four-story employment center with a retail component would be constructed on five acres at Commerce Center Drive North and Hamilton Boulevard.

Jaindl attorney Joseph Zator disagreed with how the township reached the credit, contesting that Jaindl was entitled to more. The premise for his argument was that the developer is currently providing additional roadway improvements "to the benefit of the township” in the amount of more than $1.65 million.

He added that the developer had previously paid traffic impact fees for adjacent projects at Trexler Business Center in the amount of $225,000, and nearly $392,000 for the Air Products/Jaindl Hotel project.

In other business, commissioners considered an updated mailbox policy. The policy addresses mailbox damage caused by public works vehicles plowing snow. The township will not reimburse a residential property owner for damage caused by the force of the snow, only a direct strike.

In other news, commissioners approved a multi-way stop on Kressler Road at Hillview Road/Hillview Drive by a 4-0 vote.

Commissioner Richard Ward was absent from Thursday night's meeting.