|Griffin President Michael Gamzon|
Michael Gamzon, Griffin's President and Chief Operating Officer, told Supervisors his company is seeking a larger presence in the Lehigh Valley. Keystone Engineering's Kevin Horvath reviewed details of plans for two flex buildings, a permitted use in planned industrial business district.
Horvath noted that the visual impact of these buildings will be minimal to residential neighbors. This is primarily because the land slopes downward from Jaindl Boulevard, which will make the buildings difficult to see. He added that truck bays and loading docks would be located along the rear of these buildings, which would reduce the noise from truck traffic.
|Keystone Engineering's Kevin Horvath|
Township Manager Jay Finnigan told Supervisors that the plans originally called for four, 150,000 square foot buildings. Though the two buildings proposed are larger than permitted, it will reduce the amount of impervious coverage to just 52%. That's well below the 70% permitted under the township's zoning ordinance.
Gamzon added that, if his company decided to put doors on the front and rear of the buildings, they would be allowed to install 89 doors instead of the 70 being planned along the rear of each building.
Because these are flex buildings, built to spec for a tenant, it is unlikely that every door will be installed.
Supervisors' Chairman John Diacogiannis wanted to know how many jobs will be produced. Gamzon responded that he would not be able to answer that until he finds tenants. He pointed to similar buildings on Fritch Drive in Bethlehem Township, which will employ about 200 people per building.
Supervisor Steve Salvesen was concerned about the noise generated by truck traffic, especially in a 24-hour operation. "I live a considerable distance from Route 22, and I can hear every truck that downgears," he noted. Developer Dave Jaindl, who accompanied Gamzon, told Salvesen that only 10% of Griffin's tenants are 24-hour operations.
Griffin's plans will move to the Zoning Hearing Board for consideration on Septemebr 27.