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Charles Chrin, Lehigh Valley businessman, landowner and developer, dies

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Charles Chrin, one of the Lehigh Valley’s leading businessmen, landowners and developers, died Saturday at his home in Palmer Township.

He was 94.

Chrin founded the Charles Chrin Companies in Palmer Township in 1955 and was still involved in the family run business in his 90s.

He established Chrin Brothers Landfill in Williams Township in 1961, which grew into a 108-acre solid waste disposal facility.

Chrin diversified his company to include residential and commercial developments that run the gamut from manufacturing to logistics and warehousing, many in Palmer Township.

One of the largest landowners in Northampton County, Chrin Companies owns about 1,000 acres in the industrial park area near the Tatamy interchange off Route 33, including the Chrin Commerce Centre. Over the year, Chrin had made numerous investments in infrastructure, including transportation, recreation and energy projects.

One of his most significant projects was his company’s construction of that Route 33 interchange in Palmer Township, which opened in 2015, and was what he considered his crown jewel, his obituary noted. The interchange is named after him.

The opening of the long-planned $40 million interchange is credited with helping to fuel economic growth in the region by improving access and spurring construction of distribution warehouses and other development.

Chrin was a noted philanthropist who gave generously to the community, including a $5 million gift to Lehigh Valley Health Network. The Charles Chrin Heart and Vascular Center is named in his honor.

Chrin is survived by his wife, Janet, sons Dennis, Gregory and James and numerous grandchildren.

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