Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board, at a July 18 session, upheld the township’s new adaptive reuse legislation regarding converting vacant commercial structures into affordable housing units.
The board’s action struck down an appeal by PVC Third St. L.P. and Quarry St. Whitehall Development L.P. — two entities owned by Bethlehem Township developer Abe Atiyeh — challenging the validity of the ordinance, specifically the parking study.
Wilbert Vault & Burial Company, owned by Joseph B. Beidler, was given approval July 18 by Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board to establish a crematory at 213 Catasauqua Ave., Fullerton.
Beidler said his business, which provides casket vaults, grave site opening and closing services, and chairs and tents for memorials, is located in proximity to two cemeteries. He added he has seen an uptick in cremations along with requests for such services.
The company, which has been in business for more than four decades, is located in an industrial-zoned district.
Whitehall Township Police Department is bringing innovation and additional expertise to its staff — a certified polygraph examination officer and forensics testing — as it moves forward in the 21st century serving the public.
A slice of Hokendauqua, rich with history that began with David Thomas, who is described as “The Father of the Modern American Iron Industry,” may become Whitehall Township’s first historic district.
The proposed historic district, which would run from Front Street to Third Street, was discussed Monday at the board of commissioners workshop and the later meeting.
McDonald’s, the fast-food hamburger restaurant chain with its trademark golden arches, was granted a variance by Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board regarding signs it wants to incorporate when it erects its new restaurant at MacArthur and Mechanicsville roads. Construction is expected to begin soon.
Whitehall Township is awaiting a ruling from the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board following two days of testimony on an appeal challenging the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) granting Coplay Aggregates to use regulated fill as a construction material under a permit at its quarry, north of West Coplay Road off Beekmantown Road.
Since 1968, Whitehall Township has had legislation pertaining to street numbers, noting the size of the numbers and their placement on houses, businesses and other structures.
The size of the address numbers needs to be uniform, according to the legislation.
The board of commissioners, at its June 2 meeting, voted to be in compliance with the International Property Maintenance Code regarding the size of street numbers on all properties across the township.
Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board on July 18 will rule on an appeal by PVC Third St. L.P. and Quarry St. Whitehall Development L.P. — two entities owned by developer Abe Atiyeh — requesting the board of commissioners change an ordinance to allow Pathstone Housing Corp. of Pennsylvania to convert a long-idle apparel factory at 215 Quarry St. into 49 low- and moderate-income apartments.
Atiyeh is challenging the validity of the ordinance, specifically the parking study.
Whitehall Township has recognized persons for their achievements on occasion, but the ceremony at the opening of the board of commissioners meeting June 12 was extra-special — it was a tribute to 8-year-old Cortney Bordner for putting others before herself.
Prior to her eighth birthday, Cortney approached her parents, Nadine and David Bordner, of Egypt, telling them she didn’t want to receive any presents but would prefer instead to have donations made to Whitehall Area Hunger Initiative’s Snack Pack Pals program.
A dig at Fort Deshler — a military outpost during the French and Indian War and with now a historic plaque off MacArthur Road recognizing its place in history — will be conducted this summer in the hopes of yielding artifacts and remnants of the once-stone structure that has its place in the early beginnings of Whitehall Township.
The Fort Deshler site is near MacArthur Road and Columbia Street, partially on what is now a busy four-lane highway and on privately owned land.