Thursday, June 28, 2012
New Cingular Wireless will be allowed to put a 150-foot cell tower near I-78 in Upper Macungie.
New Cingular Wireless got permission tonight from the Upper Macungie Zoning Hearing Board to put a 150-foot cell tower on land next to I-78 off Oak View Drive. With no objections from the public, the board voted unanimously to allow New Cingular Wireless of King of Prussia to build the tower in a wooded area on a 25-acre tract at 5274 Oak View Drive. The property, zoned general industrial, is owned by Patriot, LLC (Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel). The township zoning ordinance required New Cingular Wireless to get a special exception to put in the tower. At its closest point, the tower – also called a monopole – would be set back 196 feet from a property line, according to John Wolstenholme, the Doylestown architect who testified for New …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The Upper Macungie Zoning Board gives homeowners some extra space on Milkweed Drive to put a shed in their yard.
Tricia Martnick and Scott Keys of 285 Milkweed Drive in Upper Macungie wanted to put a shed in their yard. But it didn’t fit. So they came to the Upper Macungie Township Zoning Board to win a variance for some squeezing room and put it, partially, into a setback. “We need 2 1/2 feet on the side of the property, and none in the back to allow the shed,” Keys explained. The board passed the variance 6-0, as the 2 ½ feet did not protrude into a pedestrian area.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Owner Minu Kumar Desai tells Upper Macungie Zoning Board he plans to raze 'dilapidated' Iron Run Motel and build $3 million Best Western hotel.
The owner of the Iron Run Motel, which he called "dilapidated," wants to tear it down and construct a four-story 50-room Best Western hotel in its place in Upper Macungie. Minu Kumar Desai told the township Zoning Board Wednesday night that he hopes to build a $3 million hotel on about one acre of land at the junction where Tilghman Street meets Ruppsville Road and Memorial Drive. About nine neighbors of the property turned out at the public hearing in support of Desai's plan and no neighbor spoke in opposition. "With what Mr. Desai is putting in this is going to be a huge improvement," said Jeff Sell, who lives on Memorial Drive. The Iron Run Motel "looks terrible, it's dilapidated, it's basically falling apart," Sell said. Keith Troxell…