Over the next several days, MacArthur Road will be lined with more than 150 banners celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Once a two-lane road connecting Egypt to Allentown, MacArthur Road has been transformed over the years to six lanes and is recognized as the prime commercial hub in the region with shopping malls, stores of every persuasion and a wide selection of restaurants.
The township will officially kick off the celebration at the April 10 meeting of the board of commissioners.
The $14.3 million sale of MacArthur Towne Center, on the west side of heavily traveled MacArthur Road, ranks as one of the highest property sale transfers recently in Whitehall Township, helping to fill the coffers of the township and Whitehall-Coplay School District.
Both the township and school district impose the 1-percent realty transfer tax, which means each entity will receive one-half of the proceeds from the levy. Their share totals $71,500 each.
The 2017 township budget anticipates $350,000 in revenue from the real estate transfer tax.
Whitehall Township has narrowed its search for land on which to build an emergency services building, primarily to house the police department.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. confirmed over the weekend the site is a 14-acre parcel at the east end of Arlington Cemetery, close to the township’s municipal complex.
“Negotiations for the sale of the land are underway,” Hozza told The Press.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at Monday’s meeting said it is calling on state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to come before the board jointly to say, on the record, whether or not the township has jurisdiction to inspect the materials being dumped into a former quarry owned by Coplay Aggregates.
Whitehall Township may have the authority, after all, to ensure only clean and regulated fill is dumped into a former cement quarry, an issue that township officials believed was strictly under the domain of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Agency.
The long-standing position that the township lacks jurisdiction over the dumping of fill may have changed when, at the board of commissioners workshop Monday night, a letter from state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, was disclosed stating otherwise.
Customers at Weis Market in Whitehall Township will be able to enjoy beer and food at a cafe the store will open at its 3644 MacArthur Road site, located near a laser tag recreational facility and a commercial pool sales business.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at its Feb. 13 meeting, approved the application for a restaurant liquor license that enables the market to operate a 30-seat restaurant and sell malted beverages. The cafe will be located in the area where the pharmacy is presently. The pharmacy will be relocated in the store.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its meeting Feb. 13 officially declared it is time to put an end to gerrymandering — voting districts drawn up by the state legislature that strongly favor those in elective state legislative and congressional offices.
The commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to ask the state to assign the task of both legislative and congressional redistricting to an independent citizens redistricting commission.
Lidl, a major German-based grocery store chain with 10,000 markets in Europe, is expected to break ground for its store at 2845 MacArthur Road by late summer. Opening is set for later this year or in the early months of 2018.
Whitehall Township commissioners, at their Feb. 13 meeting, unanimously adopted a resolution giving Lidl conditional approval for the project, a 37,000-square-foot store.
They expressed excitement with the development project and its timing with this year’s 75th anniversary of MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township set a standard Monday for candidates running for the offices of mayor, commissioner and treasurer, ensuring transparency by putting on the books a Pay to Play legislation that establishes limits on political contributions a person or political committee can make to a candidate in township municipal elections.
Whitehall Township is expected to take the lead in Lehigh County Feb. 13 in calling for the Pennsylvania State Legislature to begin the process of state reform and put an end to gerrymandering politicians in office.
The board of commissioners will have on its agenda for its regular meeting Monday a proposed resolution asking the state to assign the task of both legislative and congressional redistricting to an independent citizens redistricting commission.