A developer wants to build 372 apartments and a 160-room hotel on North Krocks Road, opposite the Hamilton Crossings shopping center bypass in Lower Macungie Township.
The development would also include an apartment pavilion and pool, 20,000 square feet of retail space and parking space, according to a sketch plan presented to the township planning commission on Tuesday evening.
The development is proposed for 54.4 vacant acres in the Freeway Commercial District.
While no amenities have yet been offered, Nathan Jones, the township’s director of community development, said candidate French & Parrello Associates of Wall Township, New Jersey, should come up with options, such as walking trails and parks. Facade improvements and an internal sidewalk system would also be needed, he said.
It’s currently unclear what the commercial space would entail, but Jones said it would likely include access to food, such as a grocery store or restaurant.
“We understand as a community that there is a regional housing issue, so we recognize that the private market as well as other government agencies are advocating for more housing units,” Jones said. « Objectives of the staff of the municipality [are] ensure that good quality development maintains[ing] its desirability and value for years to come is built, that it mitigates its traffic and stormwater impact on our community as well as our adjoining community, the Township of Upper Macungie, and that it provides the services needed by its residents.
As this was only the first meeting to discuss the sketch plan, Jones said he had not yet seen feedback from residents, but said the development would not be adjacent to residences or would have no immediate impact on them.
In a separate letter to the planning commission, township engineer Bryan McAdam said the applicant should submit traffic studies and demonstrate how the development fits within the township’s design guidelines for environmental preservation. , residential development and other fields.
On Tuesday, planners expressed concerns that they wanted the developer to respond before it came back with an official app, which Jones said could be before the end of the year. Some of those areas, he said, included creating a vegetation buffer between the development and the bypass to block noise, as well as consulting with the Township of Upper Macungie on possible impacts.
Essentially, some of the top priorities for this development, Jones said, were to mitigate the risk of flooding and traffic impact while ensuring pedestrians had easy access to the development.
Legal counsel for French & Parrello Associates did not immediately respond to a request for comment.