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WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. – The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners denied a zoning change request by developer Abraham Atiyeh during Monday night's meeting. The vote was 6-1, with President Dennis Hower voting in favor.

The developer sought the zoning change from R-4, medium density, to R-3 special care community residential to build the Cottages of Whitehall project on a 14.75 acre parcel located at 3101 MacArthur Road.

Atiyeh's proposed project called for the construction of 80 independent living cottages.

Specifically, the board's Monday night vote absolved the township's planning commission and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission of the responsibility of reviewing the zoning change request.

In other business, commissioners voted 7-0 to approve a liquor license transfer to Dave & Buster's of Pennsylvania for use at their new establishment, located at 1491 MacArthur Road.

The 30,000-square-foot restaurant, expected to open in mid-2020, will feature hours of 11 a.m. through midnight on Sundays through Thursdays. Hours for Fridays and Saturdays would be 11 a.m. through 2 a.m. About 240 individuals are expected to be hired, according to Dave & Buster’s attorney Ellen Freeman.

In other news, the legislative body's final 2019 meeting also proved the final one for three members – Hower and Commissioners Ann Freyman and Shawn Clary.