Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Board reviews proposed housing complex

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at Monday’s workshop meeting, got its first look at a proposed 48-unit apartment complex that would straddle Whitehall Township and the Borough of Coplay. The major part of the complex would be in Coplay, with a sliver in Whitehall.

Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, Lee Rackus, bureau chief of zoning, planning and development for the township, laid out the site plan and detailed the project, submitted by DVS Company, Whitehall.

The plan calls for six buildings, each housing eight apartment units, and vehicle parking areas. The structures would be built on a 4.58-acre tract off North Second Street in Coplay and Coplay Road in Whitehall.

The apartment development is on land that decades ago was the home of Coplay Cement Company, which moved to Nazareth. Fronting North Second Street was the general office for Coplay Cement Company. A house was located to its south. The machine shop was west of the plant at the rear of the property.

The proposed complex would be located across from Saylor Park Apartments and would abut the Ironton Rail Trail to the south.

Informed that Coplay Borough Council has already approved the plans, commissioners will have the proposed apartment complex on their agenda at the Oct. 9 regular meeting, during which they could refer the project for review to the township planning commission or go along with Coplay.

The apartment complex project would be the first major housing development in the township since Parkway West was built more than 30 years ago and Echo Manor in the 1950s.