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WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. โ€“ The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners approved a land development plan for an industrial warehouse facility during Monday night's meeting.

The 505,000 square-foot warehouse, located at 3585 S. Church St. at the former Bon Ton distribution center, will feature 96 loading docks, 113 trailer spaces and 354 parking spaces. The developer โ€“ Baltimore-based MRP Industrial โ€“ agreed to improvements for MacArthur Road, which include lengthening the left turn lane onto Center Street from the northbound direction. The lengthened turning lane will mean increased stacking for tractor trailers.

During questioning from President Philip Ginder, MRP officials said they do not have a tenant, but said the facility could feature 150 employees.

However, commissioners did not grant the developer a deferral requiring the installation of about 1,850 feet of curbing and sidewalks along South Church Street and 650 feet along Columbia Street. MRP officials asked if they could split the ordinance and come back before the board to receive a deferral for the curbing.

In other news, commissioners reappointed Louis Jany to serve on the zoning hearing board; Robert Piligian and Robin Ruhmel to the planning commission; and Stanley Wimmer to the township authority. Piligian and Ruhmel's terms end Dec. 31, 2023. Wimmer's term concludes Dec. 31, 2024.

Finally, Alexander Reinik and Kevin Sell were sworn in as Whitehall Township police officers.