Upper Macungie supervisors voted 3-0 Thursday night to approve juicemaker Ocean Spray's request to downsize its planned 315,000-square-foot bottling facility on 44 acres between Schantz Road and Route 100 to 225,000 square feet.
Director of Community Development Kenneth Moloney said company representatives made the request to the township's planning board in mid-July and the request was passed conditionally for the board's unanimous vote.
"I think they figured that they may be able to operate just as well in a smaller facility," Moloney said.
The $110 million project, which has the backing of Gov. Tom Corbett's office, is expected to bring 165 jobs into the Lehigh Valley. Ocean Spray is moving its operations to the Lehigh Valley from Bordentown, N.J., which is near Trenton.
The plan was somewhat controversial when it was first presented to township plannners and supervisors in January and February.
Land developer David Jaindl and project enginner J. Scott Pidcock asked planners and supervisors to rezone a 60 acre parcel of land to light industrial from highway commercial. The rezoning request was eventually passed.
Ground was broken for the project in April.