Lou Pektor says it once more: River Pointe Logistics is not going to be full of immense warehouses

Developer Lou Pektor reiterated Tuesday what he has stated since his River Pointe Logistics Park plan first grew to become public: he doesn’t plan to place up a bunch of big warehouses in Higher Mount Bethel Township.

“We’re not trying to develop this as an e-commerce park,” he stated. Pektor has stated earlier that the land alongside the Delaware River, close to Route 80, is simply too worthwhile to make use of only for warehouses.

River Pointe (RPL) is certainly one of two large initiatives the Lehigh Valley Planning Fee will assessment Thursday.

The LVPC’s complete planning committee took a primary look Tuesday on the subdivision of land wanted for RPL, and reviewed The Confluence, a mixed-use improvement proposed for the previous Days Inn web site in downtown Easton. The committee handed employees feedback on each initiatives to the total fee’s 7 p.m. Thursday assembly.

Pektor defined on the digital assembly that RPL began with 730 acres, Pektor stated, and since then his staff has purchased about 222 extra acres. Northampton County information present that RPL paid $4 million for 2 parcels, complete 95 acres, on Potomac Road within the township as of March 16.

Pektor reiterated what he has stated at a number of conferences earlier than: he doesn’t plan to place up a bunch of high-cube (100 ft or extra excessive) warehouses. RPL is focusing on manufacturing customers, not warehouses.

“We’re attempting to convey new bigger and nationwide and worldwide kind tenants to the location,” he stated.

Pektor has stated RPL will create hundreds of jobs, save open house and pay tens of millions in taxes to Higher Mount Bethel, the Bangor Space Faculty District and Northampton County. A gaggle of residents has organized to battle the plan. Not one of the opponents spoke throughout Tuesday’s committee assembly. At earlier conferences, they’ve stated RPL threatens to destroy their rural life-style by including visitors, air pollution and noise to the township.

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The planning fee’s solely RPL assessment for this week is of the proposed subdivision of land, Government Director Becky Bradley stated, however the LVPC could assessment different subdivisions or improvement.

The LVPC makes suggestions, whereas closing choices are left as much as Higher Mount Bethel.

An unresolved situation is a close-by Norfolk Southern railroad underpass that has solely about two inches of clearance for the very best vans. RPL’s visitors professional didn’t current any new info on that situation. Particulars about visitors had been additionally restricted.

RPL is in an industrial zone and “usually constant” with the fee’s plan for the Lehigh Valley, in response to the LVPC’s skilled employees, however the pressure the event will create on close by roads have to be thought of, together with environmental affect.

About 40 minutes of the assembly was dedicated to RPL, whereas The Confluence dialogue flowed alongside shortly. Peron Growth’s plan for the South Third Road web site consists of about 213 residences and 45 condominiums, a middle courtyard, and retail house on the primary ground. The seven-story constructing can have an underground parking storage.

The situation is an “ultimate setting,” in response to the LVPC employees, as a result of it’s close to public transport and in a walkable space.

Authorized counsel Gary Asteak began the assembly by reminding members of their jurisdiction.

“We have now to acknowledge and respect that the native municipality has adopted zoning rules,” he stated. Any LVPC assessment have to be accomplished inside the parameters of these rules.

At some conferences, commissioners have commented unfavorably on how townships have responded to improvement proposals, even when these proposals met native rules.

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The LVPC has knowledgeable planning employees that opinions main proposals and passes these feedback, as soon as accepted by the appointed commissioners, to municipalities. Last land-use choices are most often as much as the municipalities.

Particulars of the Thursday assembly are posted on the Lehigh Valley Planning Fee web site.