Jaindl Zoning Swap Approved
A Zoning switch along Route 100 in Upper Macungie makes way for a new manufacturer to build.
This will allow a manufacturing company to build a new facility at the southwest corner of Schantz Road and Route 100.
Land developer David Jaindl and J. Scott Pidcock, engineer of the project, asked that the 60 acre parcel be rezoned to Light Industrial from Highway Commercial.
Light Industrial allows for warehousing and manufacturing, similar to the rest of the zoning around Schantz Road. Highway Commercial zoning, on the other hand, allows for shopping centers, hotels and restaurants.
The commission voted 5-1 in Jaindl’s favor.
About 44 acres of the 60 are proposed to be used by the “Pilgrim Project,’’ the pseudonym for a company whose real name hasn’t been disclosed. The project is expected to build a 300,000 square foot building and employ 125 people over three shifts, a spokesman said.
Township documents for earlier versions of Jaindl's plans named Ocean Spray as the potential buyer of the property. But that has not been confirmed.
Planners had been concerned about the traffic impact of another business on busy Route 100, but Pidcock said the traffic consequences would be an improvement.
The idea is that a manufacturer would have less of a traffic impact than a shopping center.