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Builder Wants Care Home to Exceed Township Height Limit

The Upper Macungie Zoning Hearing Board will hear a variance appeal Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

The Upper Macungie Zoning Hearing Board is scheduled to listen to the appeal of Richard Koze/Kay Builders Wednesday night at 6:30 for a height variance concerning a proposed personal care facility.

The appeal of the Wescosville-based company revolves around a property at Blue Barn Road and Oak View Drive.

The company proposes a maximum building height of 40 feet 7 inches. That exceeds the township's maximum building of 35 feet.

The developers appeared before township planners in November 2012.

A two-and-a-half story building, at 62,000 square feet, would house an assisted living facility with a memory care unit.

Another two-story, 30,000-square-foot office building would house Kay Builders and a new Design Center on the upper floor. There would be additional space for other offices, such as for a dentist or lawyer.

First-floor businesses that would provide services to the community include a hair salon or physical therapy unit.

In 2011, a proposed senior care facility raised the ire of some township residents, who feared such a plan would affect the quality of their lives.

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