The developer of a vacant property that includes an iconic destination has begun to pave the way for new construction at the site.
For several years, developer Atul Patel has been seeking to redevelop the property that includes the historic King George Inn and sits along a heavily traveled corridor:
Hamilton Boulevard in South Whitehall Township.
The developer recently tore down two nearby buildings, a former Burger King and Carvel, and pulled off a wooden addition to the inn. His plans call for building a hotel, pharmacy and bank and renovating the former inn for use as office space. The total area covers a little more than five acres.
Patel, CEO of HMB Management in Upper Macungie Township, did not return requests for comment. He is developing the property under the aegis of Hotel Hamilton LLC
Gregg Adams, township planner, said the township granted preliminary approval for Patel to redevelop the property in early 2016.
But Patel has had problems but designing a stormwater management plan for the project, mainly because he could not get an agreement to connect a pipe to a neighboring property, Adams said.
Those problems have largely been resolved, according to Adams.
“Now the plans can move forward,” he said, noting that the township still needs to sign off on the final stormwater plan.
“I think it will be a big improvement to the area,” Adams said. “It floods a lot but I know they are working on a system to address that.”
In addition, the developer needs the township’s preliminary final approval to redevelop the property, Adams said.
At a meeting on Aug. 7, Adams said, the developer is expected to provide an update on what he accomplished at the site over the last six months.