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Jaindl launches plan for colossal Lehigh Hills

The Lehigh Hills project includes a 40,000-square-foot health center for Lehigh Valley Health Network that should be complete and fully occupied by the summer. (Contributed Image)

In 2014, developer and landowner David Jaindl announced plans to build a massive project in Upper Macungie Township – a new, walkable community of townhouses, single-family homes, apartments, health center, retail pads, restaurant sites and acres of open space.

In 2014, developer and landowner David Jaindl announced plans to build a massive project in Upper Macungie Township – a new, walkable community of townhouses, single-family homes, apartments, health center, retail pads, restaurant sites and acres of open space.

The size and scope of the Lehigh County project land it on the list of top business stories of the year in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Though it’s still in the planning stages and in need of township approvals, the Lehigh Hills project covers 300 acres and is expected to be built out in five to six years, with the total investment in the scores of millions of dollars.

The development, which includes an existing supermarket, plus a potential bank, health center and several restaurants, would offer residents pedestrian access to daily goods and services. The project features a 40,000-square-foot health center for Lehigh Valley Health Network that should be complete and fully occupied by the summer, according to Jaindl.

“We have been working on many different projects with LVHN over the past 10 years,” Jaindl said. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with this beautiful, fully leased medical office building. Jaindl Land Co. is expecting completion and occupancy by LVHN in 2015. We anticipate the residential and ‘pad site’ components to follow in 2016.”

Jaindl Land Co. of Orefield started planning five years ago for the Fogelsville-area project, which kicked off with the development of the Weis supermarket along Route 100.

Weis Markets Inc., a chain of supermarkets based in Sunbury, opened a location there in December 2012, with the health center planned for the space next to it.

Construction on the health center is under way with Serfass Construction of North Whitehall Township as the builder. MKSD Architects of South Whitehall Township is the designer.

The Lehigh Hills project also has 273 apartment units plus single-family units, twin houses, townhouses and four commercial pad sites.

Jaindl said he will sell the land planned for the apartments in back of the health center to Kushner Real Estate Group, a real estate development firm in Bridgewater, N.J., that is slated to build the apartments.

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. 4108.

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