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South Whitehall developer offers to pay for neighbors' water, sewer hookup fees

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - In an effort to secure the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners' final approval on his new warehouse, a Connecticut-based developer agreed to pay nearly $100,000 in water and sewer tapping and installation fees for five houses on four neighboring properties on Chapmans Road in the township.

Developer Scott Bosco of Griffin Industrial Realty made the surprise offer Wednesday in an effort to avoid delaying the board's final approval, following its inquiries regarding water and sewer tapping and hookup fees to several neighboring residences and two local businesses.

Bosco's preliminary plan proposes a 156,000 square-foot "flex" warehouse on a currently vacant property owned by Fred J. Jaindl, located at 4741 Chapmans Road in South Whitehall. The building will be 50 feet tall and contain nearly 160 parking spaces. It will be located near 84 Lumber and Liberty Metal Supply.

Commissioner David Bond voiced his concerns about surprising residents and any potential repercussions over the pricey water and sewer tapping fees once water and sewer lines are installed in the neighborhood along with the new warehouse.

The commissioners said none of the residential neighbors have been informed about the water and sewer upgrades. They said the neighbors would have been responsible for paying for their individual installations had Bosco not stepped up to the plate.

Neighbors will have the option to not tie in with township water and sewer, however, they will be charged $400 annually to hold onto their wells and septic tanks according to public works officials.

Both the township and the developer will be writing letters to affected residents apprising them of the situation and presenting them with their options.

According to Bosco, a groundbreaking date has not been set for the warehouse and a tenant has not been secured to date.

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