BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. – Starbucks could also be on monitor to make its solution to a Bethlehem Township purchasing middle.
The township’s planning fee reviewed the developer’s preliminary plan for the primary time Monday evening. Understanding this was the preliminary proposal, members of the planning fee unanimously voted to desk the plan as is, pointing to many excellent points in want of extra clarification.
Mike Preston, senior engineer of Ott Consulting Inc., and Joseph Posh, of Posh Properties Actual Property Providers — on behalf of Starbucks — proposed a brand new 2,225-square-foot business constructing throughout the Easton Commons Buying Heart at 2920 Easton Ave., which was just lately renamed The Outlets at Bethlehem.
The proposed Starbucks could be positioned on a 21.6-acre parcel of undeveloped vacant space on the northeast prime nook of the lot. That is adjoining to 3022 Easton Ave., the place the Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners permitted the event of 220 residences, a posh referred to as the Thirty22 Backyard Flats, on the positioning of the previous Bethlehem Drive-In in March.
The proposed website of the Starbucks is throughout the planning business zoning district, based on Preston. Entry to the positioning could be offered by the prevailing purchasing middle driveway, and the positioning would come with a drive-thru and areas for parking. It will make the most of public water and sewer companies, and the stormwater could be managed by an on-site subsurface detention basin, together with a proposed spray irrigation.
Planner Mark Grandinetti instantly addressed a connectivity situation in regard to sidewalks linking the brand new Thirty22 Backyard Flats — to be developed by David Ronca, accomplice at Wind-Drift Actual Property — to the newly proposed Starbucks. Further members of the planning fee expressed settlement for the sidewalks, suggesting that many renters on the condominium complicated would possibly stroll to and from to get their espresso.
Preston stated they should “coordinate with Thirty22” about connecting sidewalks, as the 2 builders have solely talked utilities at this stage. Whereas Preston understood the necessity for connection, he stated the preliminary thought on connectivity was the positioning could be largely used for drive-thru prospects.
Bethlehem Township Engineer Anthony Tallarida additional said a sidewalk connection would make sense, as the positioning of the proposed Starbucks “looks like a landlocked parcel.”
As well as, Tallarida famous the Thirty22 condominium complicated was granted conditional approval with the request for an easement. This could put it as much as the prevailing constructing that at the moment homes the health middle within the Outlets at Bethlehem. Whereas Tallarida has not seen the easement but, he confirmed it’s required and is on the radar, however has but to be submitted.
“The coordination between the 2 developments make sense,” Tallarida stated.
“I am blissful to attach the 2,” Posh responded.
Posh additionally talked about he seen a grade the place the easement is required, suggesting the connection must be dealt with correctly, with the potential want for steps.
Further matters of concern have been the streetscape enhancements for the proposed Starbucks website, and the irrigation plan for the winter.
Planner Barry Roth expressed the will for continuity between the brand new Starbucks and your complete remainder of the property in regard to the streetscape, and Tallarida famous additional dialogue was wanted on water overflow throughout the colder months, as spray irrigation is turned off throughout the winter season.
The developer’s subsequent steps embody extra in-depth discussions with the township engineer, zoning division and the solicitor, to permit Posh and his staff to totally develop their subsequent submission.