Saturday, April 28, 2012

Commonwealth Ct: No Daycare Atop Abandoned Upper Saucon Zinc Mine

In the never-ending quest for the Almighty Dollar, Saucon Creek Road, LP wanted to erect a daycare and a bank (these kids must be rich!) right smack dab on top of an abandoned zinc mine.

After three nights of hearings in 2010, Upper Saucon Township's Zoning Hearing Board Board of Supervisors said No. So did Lehigh County Judge J. Brian Johnson.

On Friday, the Commonwealth Court added its voice to the NO chorus.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

why not put the daycare in the mine?

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Where is this street? Who owns this project?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

why not put the daycare in the mine?

7:12 AM

funny

Anonymous said...

What doesn't make sense about this issue is all the current development along the zinc mine region in UST. Isn't that the issue with the proposed bank complex that was cancelled?

Bernie O'Hare said...

The owner is identified as Saucon Creek Road LP. The project was at southeast corner of Center Valley Parkway and Saucon Creek Road. There was a bank, too, and that is mentioned in my post.

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Thanks for location. Plans call for construction along that entire open expanse of land to be owned by Lehigh. Will that be on zinc mines too?

Anonymous said...

Saucon Creek Road LP. Yes, but who are these people?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Can't answer that without doing more research. i know a New Jersey Co., Marquis Realty Holding Company, L.l.c., is listed as the general partner.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Plans call for construction along that entire open expanse of land to be owned by Lehigh. Will that be on zinc mines too?"

To the extent that it is atop the mine shafts, it will have a rough time developing.

Anonymous said...

Abe will buy it. This sounds like an excellent place for his drug and prisoners establishments.

Better yet let's make it a home for crooked pols and developers. I'm sure we would run out of space quickly.

Anonymous said...

The project (bank, daycare) was to go directly on top of a main shaft of the mine. The shaft was as little as 60 feet below the surface. Technically speaking... there were a lot of technical issues involved in the decision including drainage to the aquifer. Most of the former "Stabler" property is not subject to being directly above a main shaft that is near the surface. Perhaps, this blurb slightly clarifies some facts.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention...I cannot fathom why the applicant spent so much (legal cost) money pursuing an obviously lost cause. There should be no doubt that chasing the almighty dollar was at the core so why was so much spent pursuing a lost cause. The agreement of sale must have been for a very low relative dollar amount to justify spending so much (legal cost) money chasing something with little odds of sccess. Go figure!

Bernie O'Hare said...

Thanks for sharing your knowledge of this issue.

Anonymous said...

The use was actually before the Board of Supervisors as a Conditional Use.

Bernie O'Hare said...

You are correct. it was actually the BOS and not the ZHB. I will make the change.

Anonymous said...

Now these smart developers want to infect small children with god only knows what chemicals are so close to the surface. JB is the developer for palumpashitskies palace o sport with connections to lehighvalleyhealthnetworks. Maybe devolopment of this property is a health risk to the public
Just think money made from development than also health care money to be made.
Were do I by the bonds, this one sounds beter than the palace o sport. LMFAO

Anonymous said...

Put the County Prison in the Mine!

Anonymous said...

Brian Trematore

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Bernie O'Hare said...

Before you make this allegation, you'll have to identify yourself.

Anonymous said...

THE OFFICE--DISTRICT 131
SIMMONS..Dan, come here..Quick!
Dan..Now what!
SIMMONS...We could place our office in the ZINC MINE and in our spare time, we could Mine Zinc.
DAN..But what about Harrisburg...
SIMMONS..Dan, We were in session only 3 days this month. Funds from the Zinc, could go to the Treasury.
DAN..Great idea! tell the World!