Developer David Jaindl is planning to build what he described as a localized, neighborhood commercial development on a used car dealership lot in South Whitehall Township.
He presented a concept plan to the South Whitehall Township Commissioners meeting last night that would be heard in more detail at a future Planning Commission meeting.
The plan calls for a 12,000-square-foot development, plus one pad site. Though he was not certain what would go in there at this time, businesses could include a deli, a restaurant, business and professional offices, and a gift shop, said Jaindl.
Jaindl said the site is on the former Shoemaker's used car lot on Walbert Avenue, next to a 100-acre planned development for 90 single family homes he is developing called the Hills at Winchester.
Last night, Jaindl presented the concept plan in conjunction with the already presented residential project. He said he is anticipating final engineering approval for the residential project.
Township Manager Jon Hammer said in addition to the 12,000-square-foot retail/strip center or "neighborhood commercial development," there would also be a 5,000-square-foot restaurant.
Though the project would need a zoning change and the township would have to look at what that change would be, Hammer said the township plans to explore the concept further.
"It still has not been vetted by the township," said Hammer. "This is our first look at it."
"It seems to make sense that we continue to explore this concept. It will be a complement to that residential development."
The idea would be to include neighborhood amenities in that development that people within the residential community would use, said Hammer.