Vacant land in Bethlehem Twp. may develop into Amazon car parking zone

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. – The nook of Brodhead Highway and Mowrer Highway in Bethlehem Township may quickly be developed right into a car parking zone to accommodate Amazon supply vans.

The township planning fee unanimously authorized a conditional use advice at its Monday evening assembly for the venture. Now, the builders should show they meet all necessities for conditional use on the Could 16 listening to earlier than the board of commissioners.

The proposed car parking zone is for a complete of 248 areas at 27 ft lengthy and 11 ft broad, with a number of areas at 25 ft lengthy. The areas will accommodate drivers’ private autos whereas they use Amazon vans for deliveries.

When the drivers end their 10-hour shifts, they’ll depart their vans within the lot and take their private autos dwelling, in keeping with Kyle Smyth, logistics supervisor at Amazon.

Smyth defined autos will function in waves for “most effectivity.” He stated between 18 and 20 drivers will arrive at one time, load their autos on the Amazon distribution website three buildings down from the lot on Brodhead Highway, after which depart for his or her routes.

The proposed website will likely be fenced in and comprise applicable lighting, in keeping with Martin Smith of Pany & Lentz Engineering Co. There will likely be no fueling stations, and no surveillance. Nevertheless, there will likely be a gate on website, together with a guard home simply south of the driveway on Mowrer Highway. Somebody will arrive to open the gate one hour earlier than shifts start, and one hour after the final shift.

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A typical time for the primary wave of drivers, in keeping with Smyth, is to reach at 9:10 a.m. and depart at 9:40 a.m. These drivers will return by 6:30 p.m., and the gate will stay open till the final shift of drivers re-enter the car parking zone round midnight. The vans will likely be parked on the website in a single day.

Whereas the planning fee voted to maneuver this venture ahead to a conditional use listening to, its members tabled the venture’s preliminary plan for administrative evaluate to clean out some technical points.

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A consultant from Langen Engineering got here earlier than the planning fee Monday evening to hunt approval of 33 extra parking areas on the Lehigh Valley Well being Community constructing, previously owned by Coordinated Well being, at 2300 Highland Ave.

The fee unanimously authorized the positioning plan software.