Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Board approves Harley dealership

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Business gets conditional

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at its meeting Monday night, granted conditional approval for Keystone Harley Davidson to put a motorcycle dealership and warehouse on an undeveloped tract on Eberhart Road at Seventh Street.

Lidl Grocery, a German-based chain, also is projected to have a store at the site, just north of Gilboy Ford on MacArthur Road.

Keystone Harley Davidson is the only such business in the township. More than three decades ago, there was a foreign-made motorcycle store north on MacArthur Road.

The new business will be 39,500 square feet. Traffic projections estimate 127 trips daily to the site. Located on the south side of Seventh Street and Eberhart Road, across from American Tire, the intersection is expected to have a traffic signal installed there.

The approval is contingent on Keystone Harley Davidson complying with a list of conditions, which include making necessary subdivision and maintenance improvements, to be inspected by the township engineer, and making separate arrangements with the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority and the Northampton Borough Municipal Authority for sanitary sewer and water distribution service.

In other business during the meeting, the commissioners approved vacating a portion of Green Alley — from Apple Street, known as North Lehigh Avenue, to Lehigh Street. The stretch borders the proposed Whitehall Farms subdivision in the West Catasauqua area of the township.

It was noted the previous developer of the proposed Whitehall Farms subdivision did not complete the required easements necessary to finalize the vacation of the section of Green Alley. The subdivision now is known as Haven Ridge.

There were two public hearings, held April 10 and May 8, regarding the matter. Property owners affected by the proposed vacation of Green Alley were given notice.