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Lower Saucon task force to investigate business needs

By - Last modified: January 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

To spark interest in hearing about what types of businesses could be located in Lower Saucon Township, an economic development task force will meet at 7:30 tonight. The meeting, at Township Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, is open to the public.

The group is charged with finding out whether or not the township needs more businesses. It will explore strategies and solutions to address issues such as the empty grocery store along Route 378 and other retail space in the township, said Jack Cahalan, township manager.

The task force, which attracted more than 20 volunteers, is a combination of business owners and residents, Cahalan said.

"What we were trying to attract was a diverse group of people with various backgrounds," Cahalan said. "It's going to go until … October, meeting monthly."

The township council has not had any dialogue at any meetings regarding the task force, he added.

The task force includes representatives from the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce and Lehigh University.

Boucher & James Inc., an engineering firm headquartered in Doylestown, is the township's engineering consultant for this initiative.

"We are consulting engineers and are helping to facilitate the township's vision," said Judith Stern Goldstein, managing director at Boucher & James. "We don't know what that vision will be yet."

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.

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