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Harley, Dave & Buster’s to open in 2020

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS Special to The Press in Local News

Cycle dealership set for Eberhart Rd.; sports bar, arcade in works by mall

At the Nov. 11 meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners heard updates on two high-profile retail projects in the township.

“Keystone Harley is on its way in the near future,” Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said.

Keystone Harley-Davidson, which is located in Carbon County at 770 State Road, Parryville, has been looking to move to a location in the Lehigh Valley for several years. In October, the dealership bought 3 acres at 2800 Eberhart Road, where it plans to build a new 25,000-square-foot building.

“It has taken over five years to find the right property to build our new Harley-Davidson dealership,” Bob Eggstein, owner of Keystone Harley-Davidson, said in a news release.

Eggstein said the Lehigh Valley has a very high concentration of Harley riders and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company wanted to have a dealership in the region again. The last Harley dealership in the Lehigh Valley closed in 2011. The new location is expected to open in fall of 2020.

Harakal said Dave & Buster’s, the popular family-friendly chain that features a sports bar and arcade games being built close to the Lehigh Valley Mall, has purchased a liquor license. The board was asked to hold a special meeting at the end of November to approve the license transfer.

Jason Ulrich, township attorney, said the license transfer is on the agenda for the Dec. 9 board meeting, but the company would have to pay a $10,000 safekeeping cost to hold the license until then.

Board members agreed to try to accommodate the company, which is expected to be a draw in the area. Board President Dennis Hower asked if a special meeting could be advertised in time and suggested Nov. 27 as a possible meeting date.

“If we can make this happen, we will,” Hower said.

Philip Ginder, board vice president, noted the more-than-30,000-square-foot entertainment/dining complex is already framed out on the 4.5-acre site along MacArthur Road by the mall, just past the exit of Route 22. The Lehigh Valley location, at 1457 MacArthur Road, will be the seventh Dave & Buster’s in Pennsylvania. The next closest site is in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County.

The new restaurant and entertainment hub will feature hundreds of arcade games including new multiplayer virtual reality; a state-of-the-art sports bar featuring large HDTV screens; and a full menu.

Dave & Buster’s is accepting applications on its online careers page and lists a tentative opening of May 26, 2020. Previous locations have added around 200 jobs.

The board also approved a resolution allowing Belmont Glen Condominium Association to remove part of a fence on the condominium property.

The township had required the split rail fence when the development was built in 2007 to deter pedestrians from an overflow swale. However, over the years, the fence has deteriorated, and now, members of the condominium association want it removed.

The township will enter into an indemnification agreement with the condominium association saying the township will not be held legally liable if someone is hurt.

At a previous meeting, Ginder suggested planting a natural buffer of shrubs along the swale, and the condominium association agreed to plant white cedar shrubs.

The board also discussed problems at the McDonald’s at the corner of MacArthur and Mechanicsville roads.

The McDonalds, which has two drive-thrus, has entrances on both the southbound side of MacArthur Road and about a block back from the traffic light on Mechanicsville Road. Sometimes, traffic stopped at the light backs up enough to block the entrance/exit of the restaurant.

Hower said vehicles, at times, cut across three lanes of traffic and a double yellow line to make turns at the intersection.

Frank Clark, township engineer, said he will discuss the issues with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.