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Parking an issue in Allentown apartment plan

But the property owner is back with a new plan.

Nat Hyman, an Allentown developer, is going to the zoning hearing board with a new plan for parking next to the apartment project, which was an issue in the court case. He is hopeful that the new plan can help expedite approval for the project.

The May 1 ruling upheld a decision by the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, which affirmed a decision by the city zoning hearing board to deny the initial request.

Hyman had requested variances as part of a project to put apartments in a 24,000-square-foot-warehouse at 128-132 Hamilton St. The warehouse occupies nearly the entire lot with no available parking, loading or unloading area, according to the zoning hearing board.

The board conducted hearings on the application in November 2017 and January 2018. In February 2018, the board voted to deny the landowner’s request for variances.

According to the filing, the board found the lack of available parking to be a substantial detriment to the public welfare, potentially causing safety hazards for traffic and pedestrians.

However, Hyman said that since the denial of the appeal, he has purchased lots abutting the property and said he felt confident the board would now approve the project.

He filed an application with the zoning hearing board and has already obtained planning commission approval for the use of the site as apartments. He plans to go back before the zoning hearing board to obtain approval.

“They thought the parking was too far,” Hyman said.

Now, rather than having parking a block and a half away, he plans to have about 30 parking spots right next to the building.

“We will have more than adequate parking for this property,” Hyman said. “They liked the use of the property and they agreed it was a good use for apartments.”

The project, potentially called The Hamilton, would feature mid-market apartment units, with one-bedroom units in the range of $900 to $1,000 per month and two-bedroom units at about $1,200 per month.

“We try to make them affordable,” Hyman said. “At some point, the demand is not insatiable.”

Hyman has two other apartment projects under construction in Allentown. The Adelaide, a project in the former Adelaide Mills, will have 184 units once it is complete. Another project on Gordon Street near the Jordan Creek will have 152 apartment units.

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 or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108.

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