River Pointe developer Lou Pektor says residents' lawsuit in opposition to venture has been withdrawn

Litigation filed by six Higher Mount Bethel Township residents that challenged the development of an industrial growth close to the Delaware River has been withdrawn, land proprietor Lou Pektor stated Wednesday.

Pektor stated the go well with, filed in 2020 after township supervisors handed a zoning textual content modification, was withdrawn from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Courtroom, which hears appeals. Pektor is main the event of River Pointe Commerce Park on greater than 700 acres in Higher Mount Bethel.

A gaggle of residents has opposed the venture at each step, though the land has been zoned for business for many years and there are industrial makes use of close by. Residents, together with Charles Cole, have attended township, Northampton County and Lehigh Valley Planning Fee conferences to talk in opposition to River Pointe, which they are saying is a risk to the surroundings and the residents’ rural lifestyle.

In flip, Pektor has filed an “abuse of course of” grievance in opposition to six residents together with Cole, claiming they’re making false statements and making an attempt to intrude with a permitted growth. Pektor has stated River Pointe will usher in hundreds of jobs and generate tens of millions in tax income for the township, county and the Bangor Space College District.

Pektor stated in a press release Wednesday that the residents’ ways embrace frivolous litigation and false statements “past their First Modification rights.”

69 Information has contacted Rust Legislation of Allentown, which represents the six residents, for remark.

Pektor reiterated Wednesday that he’s merely doing what’s allowed by the township.

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“River Pointe Commerce Park has at all times held the total proper to pursue the event of an industrial park in line with zoning ordinances as a way to entice world-class producers, create good-paying new jobs, and stabilize the tax base of Higher Mount Bethel,” he stated.

At earlier public conferences, some residents stated they didn’t object to growth of the land however objected to the dimensions of River Pointe.

Township Supervisor Ed Nelson has stated that a lot of Higher Mount Bethel is government-owned open area or preserved farmland, resulting in a tax burden on residents. He and a majority of the board of supervisors has supported the River Pointe growth.