Thursday, February 21, 2013
The development plan, at 7801 Glenlivet Drive West, includes a multi-unit retail building, a bank and a restaurant. Construction could start as early as this summer.
Thursday, February 21
Construction on three retail establishments -- a multi-unit retail building, a bank and a restaurant -- could begin as early as this summer if submitted plans are accepted later this year by the Upper Macungie Planning Commission. "We're hoping to get construction begun by fall, but it could start as early as summer," said Christopher Falnecki, president of Weiser Engineering Consultants of Wernersville. "I didn't hear anything [Wednesday] night that would indicate otherwise." The owner of the property at 7801 Glenlivet Drive West, Weis Markets Inc. of Sunbury, and the equitable owner, Route 100 Associates LLP of Hamburg, submitted a preliminary plan to township planners Wednesday night. The 2.906-acre property plan would house a 9,375-…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Upper Macungie Planning Commission gives its approval to the project Wednesday night.
Wednesday, February 20
Two proposed additions to Trinity Wesleyan Church were approved by the Upper Macungie Planning Commission at its agenda meeting Wednesday night. Michael Sodl of P.E. Wilkinson & Associates, Inc., representing Trinity Wesleyan Church, explained minor additions and changes to the commission Wednesday night. The church proposes construction of a 2,549-square-foot addition and a 7,071-square-foot addition. The first phase of the project will consist of a 2,549-square-foot foyer/cafe addition and a parking lot expansion for 34 spaces, including four existing spaces that are being relocated. Phase two includes a 7,071-square-foot sanctuary addition and a loop road around the entire building for emergency response vehicles. The site access will …
Monday, January 28, 2013
T.H. Properties of Harleysville intends to build 'stacked townhouses' along Route 100 in Fogelsville and requires height variances.
Monday, January 28
T.H. Properties Inc. of Harleysville will return to the Upper Macungie Zoning Hearing Board later this year concerning a variance request for townhomes planned at 1230 Route 100 in Fogelsville. The company, according to township zoning officer Al Geosits, is changing its planned construction from townhouses to "stacked townhouses." Stacked townhouses have garages on the bottom and living space on the top two floors. These townhouses propose a height of 39 feet, 8 inches, which exceeds the maximum building height requirement of 35 feet. Therefore, a height variance is sought by the company, Geosits said. That hearing took place Jan. 9 and was continued until March. In the meantime, the company will be presenting a sketch plan to the Upper …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Upper Macungie Planning Commission heard preliminary plans for Liberty Property Trust's plans to subdivide property near Air Products.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Liberty Property Trust appeared before the the Upper Macungie Planning Commission Wednesday night to discuss a subdivision of existing parcels of land owned by the company and Air Products in Trexlertown. The company plans to build two warehouse buildings at a cost of $150 million at Mill Creek Road between the Route 222 bypass and Hamilton Boulevard. "We've been in front of the commission with a sketch plan," said Bill Bumber, senior project manager for Liberty Property Trust. "We're going to address (the Planning Commission's) comments and come back again. The 200 acre plan is broken into two lots -- 88.9193 acres and 112.5816 acres. The properties are currently zoned as light industrial. The development will consist of warehousing on …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Upper Macungie planners grant conditional approval to build townhouses and single-family homes on Twin Ponds Road at the Highgate Phase III Dunbar Tract.
A Bucks County builder received conditional approval Wednesday from the Upper Macungie Planning Commission for a preliminary plan to build townhouses and single-family homes on Twin Ponds Road. During the meeting, representatives of the developer, Heritage Highgate, and planners were peppered with questions by some residents of the area who were concerned about increased traffic and other issues. Some of their concerns stemmed from a change in an earlier version of the plan to allow for more townhouses and fewer single-family homes. The new plan is to construct 63 townhouses and 22 single-family homes. A 2007 plan for the development had called for 53 single-family homes and fewer townhouses. One resident said when she bought her home on …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Upper Macungie Planning Commission approves plans for a new 375,000 square-foot warehouse that will be built without a tenant to occupy it.
Upper Macungie Planners approved designs for a 375,000 square-foot warehouse off Schantz Road Wednesday that will be built without a tenant to occupy it. Majestic Realty Co., based in California, will build the structure at Schantz Road and Boulder Drive as a distribution center. “We don’t have a business to occupy it at this time,” said Eric Scheler, a project manager for Majestic. “It is designed to accommodate two businesses, but we prefer that one tenant occupy the entire building.” Majestic first submitted plans for this project in 2006 and had gotten approval then. Dean Haas, Upper Macungie’s engineer from Keystone Consulting, said the project was delayed probably because of the economic downturn. But Majestic now plans to get the…
Upper Macungie Planners approve Niagara Bottling’s plans to add an 8,700 square-foot addition onto its manufacturing facility on Industrial Boulevard.
The 320,000 square-foot manufacturing center for Niagara Bottling in Upper Macungie has a problem – its break room is too small. Michelle Smith, regional human resource manager for Niagara, said the plant opened with 170 employees and is now at 219. And with interior improvements to increase production, Smith expects to add another 24 hourly employees and three or four full-time salaried employees. With about 250 workers, Smith said the plant will need a bigger break room, new rest rooms and a training room. The plan is to add an 8,700 square-foot addition to the southern corner of the building. In January, Niagara had submitted plans for adding a rear driveway, but in February the planning commission denied those plans because of …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Company officials say construction should begin in the spring.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Krause Toyota vice president Matthew Krause says he expects the company's new showroom located at 7702 Penn Drive will be completed by year's end with construction beginning in the spring. The dealership's current location, just off Route 100 in Fogelsville, is now up for sale. Krause plans to on a new two story 33,000 square foot car dealership on 4.2 acres adjacent to its current location. "We wanted to get better road coverage and frontage," Krause said. "And, Toyota has a new image program with an updated look and feel. The spring is the game plan. And the contractor is on track with opening by the end of the year, before Christmas." Krause says the new showroom, which will front Route 100, will be a destination for automobile …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A zoning land swap for the property has already been approved by Upper Macungie supervisors.
The Upper Macungie Township Planning Commission will consider the so-called Project Pilgrim tonight, which is a land development plan by the Ocean Spray Co. to erect a 315,000 square foot industrial building on 44 acres in the township. Upper Macungie Township supervisors, following contentious debate last month, passed a zoning resolution that could allow the Ocean Spray to build a new bottling facility at the southwest corner of Schantz Road and Route 100. Both parcels of land belong to the Jaindl Land Co. Supervisors heard public comment on the proposal, much of it negative due to traffic concerns, on Dec. 21. Planners are scheduled to see a traffic study from Keystone Consulting Engineers and find out more in-depth detail on just what …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Upper Macungie Planning Commission recommends plans to supervisors
Krause Toyota plans to break ground on a new two story 33,000 square foot car dealership on 4.2 acres adjacent to its current location at 7702 Penn Drive later this year. The Upper Macungie Planning Commission gave its positive recommendation Wednesday night during its agenda meeting. The proposal will now be forwarded to township supervisors for their blessing. "This will be typical of the new car dealerships that you've seen in the Valley," said Paul Szewczak, a principal engineer at Liberty Engineering of Allentown. Szewczak said the new dealership, which ground will be broken on early next year, will include an 18-bay service area, service writing area, customer lounge, parts area, executive offices and training offices. "It will be a …