PennDOT ‘very close’ to issuing highway permits for 800-plus housing complex

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Contributed rendering of Madison Farms development
Contributed rendering of Madison Farms development

After being in the planning stages for several years, a proposal for a Northampton County development with more than 800 residential units and additional retail space could move forward shortly.

The Madison Farms project, to be built by KRE Group of Bridgewater, N.J., includes a proposed ShopRite on a tract of Bethlehem Township farmland not far from the new St. Luke's Riverside Anderson Campus on Freemansburg Avenue near Route 33.

However, before construction can begin, the state Department of Transportation needs several permits.

"There are several different highway occupancy permits for that corridor," Sean Brown, state Department of Transportation spokesman, said this morning. "This is one of several permits for KRE Group. We are very close to issuing permits for them. It should be very soon."

Thomas Gough, director of construction and land approvals for KRE Group, could not be reached for comment.

The plan calls for 57 single-family houses, 210 townhouses, and 570 apartments. The commercial end of the project includes 140,000 square feet of retail space that would include a restaurant, specialty retail and a bank.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it. Brian also has a strong interest in health and fitness. He works part-time as a personal trainer at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem and earned his personal fitness trainer certification from World Instructor Training Schools. He loves to run and will be competing in his first half-marathon on Nov. 23 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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