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Sale of dairy property seems likely

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The sale of the Lehigh Valley Dairy property likely will materialize in the near future.

At a recent Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting, Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. informed the board a New Jersey developer could close the deal for the property very soon.

The 30-acre site likely will be developed for various new uses, including a large retail center.

"The sale would only be for 10 acres, not the other buildings in the back," Hozza told The Press.

The entire tract contains 30 acres, some of the property in the rear is utilized by a private manufacturer.

Hozza said specific details have not been established and released by the developer yet. However, the transfer would involve the front section of the property, in which the former dairy restaurant, offices and the art deco entrance is located.

Demolition of the structure on the south side has occurred in recent years.

The property transfer has not yet taken place, nor does the township have in its possession official documents regarding the proposed sale or its future uses, Hozza indicated.

The township administration and board of commissioners consider the dairy property at MacArthur and Mickley roads as the gateway to the township.

Lehigh Valley Dairy, once known as America's Most Beautiful Dairy, was built in 1938 and closed in the 1980s when production moved to Lansdale.