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Lower Mac Answers LVPC Costco TIF Concerns

Lower Macungie Township's planning director writes a letter addressing the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission's concerns with the proposed Hamilton Crossings Project. Lehigh County Commissioners are expected to vote on the TIF Wednesday.

The jury is still out as to whether the Lehigh Valley will get its first Costco next year through the proposed $140 million Hamilton Crossings project in Lower Macungie Township, planned for 63 acres along Krocks Road between Hamilton Boulevard and the Route 222 bypass.

when the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission expressed a series of concerns about the Hamilton Crossings shopping center, including the amount of traffic stress it would put onto the bypass.

According to a post by Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioner Ryan Conrad on the Lower Macungie Patch Facebook page, Sara Paindl, the township's planning director, has written a leter that Conrad says refutes all of the LVPC's concerns.

Click here to read the letter in full.

The next step in the approval process for the Hamilton Crossings TIF Financing Plan will happen Wednesday, when the Lehigh County Commissioners vote on the plan.

East Penn School District has already approved the TIF plan and the township Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the TIF later this month. The Lower Mac BOC is the third and final taxing body that needs to approve the TIF for it to move forward.

According to the way the TIF will work if ultimately approved, the government bodies that will benefit from the tax revenue generated by Hamilton Crossings – East Penn School District and Lehigh County – agree to forgo a portion of those tax dollars for a set time period to help the developer pay for whatever bonds or loans are needed to bankroll the project to get it off the ground.

ron June 11, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Are you sure your not biased due to your apparent hate of Walmart. As far as having to travel around the vally to find a place to shop geez it's not like we are living out in the middle of nowhere. Drive 15 minutes and you have lots of choices. And yes 5 bucks a gallon for gas will suck but it wont keep people from driving any more than 2, 3 and 4 dollors a gallon did. As for the police station at Walmart i agree with you there. I think it's time for a township the size of Lower Macungie to join the modern world and create their own police force.
KilgoreTrout June 11, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Hey folks, the only "upscale" store I've heard about here is Whole Foods (kinda), and we get lots of healthy foods from local merchants and farmers. The other stores are more of the same old same old: Costco = people buying low quality stuff available elsewhere but in HUGE quantities, Target = apart from clothing, same junk as Walmart, clothing: not much different than Kohls and another Target store is only seven miles (yes 7 miles) away. These stores won't provide the diversity of merchandise or clientele that decent places like Lord and Taylor or Nordstroms might. This is NOT another Promenade Shops, just another collection of places pushing dumpy imported junk at the low-end.
John Donches June 11, 2013 at 03:56 PM
You can contact Mark Spengler and donate to create a $7million private grant and give it to this developer so you can get your Costco and all and save ~10 min.in drive time can do so. I have absolutely no problem with private grants. That way it will save the majority of us, that believe in the capitalistic form of supply and demand and who may never even shop there, like Mark never shops at Wal-Mart’s, from losing tax money that would better serve the EPSD and County rather than just a NY developer . If they don’t build now the tax assessment still went up by $40K for the EPSD and EPSD will just have to live within its means like the taxpayer does. Believe me that land will still be around for the next developer and new developers now know that Costco and all want to be located right there. I would suggest that everyone contact the Lehigh County Commissioners at commissionersoffice@lehighcounty.org and let them know how you feel, they vote on it tomorrow, Wednesday 12th so don’t waste time.
KilgoreTrout June 11, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Good Point John ! Mark and all the SOCIALISTS who support government funding of private enterprise should seek to create their own fund. As a proponent of FREE ENTERPRISE I too believe that this funding is inappropriate and a dangerous step further down that path of big government involvement and entanglement in private business.
Carl W June 11, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Hamilton Crossings???? WHY ?? Not just more destruction of nature, & overcrowding of artifacts and those immediate roads, Rte# 22, I-78, Emmaus, Fogelsville, & Allentown & Salisbury & S. Whitehall will be more jammed with traffic, too!!! Need to get out on Chestnut St. in Emmaus, especially @ rush hour? forget it !!! Remember, all these tensions build up on people, and may be the final edge that comes out in child & spousal violence, or shoot thy neighbor!

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