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FedEx plan to move forward

Thursday, February 25, 2016 by paul cmil Special to The Press in Local News

Deed restrictions that have been holding up the construction of a FedEx warehouse hub in Allen Township are expected to be resolved, according to Hanover Township Solicitor Jackson Eaton.

In August 2015, Allen Township approved plans for a million-square-foot warehouse for the shipping company. After much discussion about dealing with an increase in traffic in Hanover Township, and revisions to the plan, Hanover agreed to allow the developer to proceed. The project is under a delay because the original deed transferring the property from the Fuller Trust to the Lehigh Valley Airport Authority, the current landowner, included a restriction against using the land for warehousing.

At the Feb. 12 Hanover Township Council meeting, Eaton told council members the trust has been paid an undisclosed fee to remove the restriction.

The sale of the land is key to making Lehigh Valley International Airport financially sound after a series of ill-advised legal moves by the previous authority board.

As part of the agreement, Hanover council was asked by the developer to pass a resolution allowing Willowbrook Road to be designated as a truck access route.

“This is part of the ongoing changes we need to allow the FedEx project to move forward,” Eaton said. Designating the road as a truck access route will allow tandem trailers on the completed roadway. Willowbrook Road will remain a township road until construction on its expanded lanes is completed. Once construction is finished, the road will be turned over to PennDOT for continuing maintenance.

“The road eventually gets turned over to the state, so the resolution doesn’t really make much difference,” Councilman Bob Heimbecker said. Following his lead, the council voted unanimously against the resolution.

In other business, township Engineer Albert Kortze addressed the situation at Catasauqua Lake in Canal Park.

“It looks as if the lake has maintained its level over the past few weeks,” he said.

Director of Public Works Jeffry Mouer followed up with a detailed analysis.

“We had a report from [the Pennsylvania] Fish and Game [Commission] on the status of the fish population in the lake,” he said. “They recommend we stock more forage fish. They also recommended that we add a minnow hatchery.” Fish and Game recommended more yellow perch and catfish be stocked. Fishing is still restricted there.