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Mixed-used community planned for Upper Macungie Township

Lehigh Hills is a mixed-use community planned for Upper Macungie Township that will offer single family homes and apartments, with a commercial aspect featuring new retail stores, restaurants, bank, and health center.

The residential portion--a two phase development--is scheduled initially for 252 upscale, luxury apartments with its own recreational facilities. Eventually there are plans for 224 residential homes and 24 townhouses, with the entire area featuring 100 acres of open space, housing a park, walking trail, with stream, and wooded area (24 acres will be reserved for Boy Scout activities).

The commercial aspect will be centered around an existing supermarket and the building of a new Lehigh Valley Health Network medical center is an essential part of the plan, too.

Basically, the Lehigh Hills community would offer potential residents every amenity they need and desire right within walking distance from their doors.

At the end of completion, this community development project could cover over 300 acres and require an investment in the hundreds of million dollars.

The entire project will be handled by the Jaindl Land Co. in Orefield, which is the owner of the land being developed, and its build out would take five to six years.

Jaindl, which started planning the project five years ago, began the initial development with the building of the Weis Market along Route 100. The supermarket covers 65,800 square feet and is next to vacant space that will become a 40,000 square foot medical building and the new the health center.

Serfass Construction in North Whitehall Township, along with Jaindl, will break ground this year on the Lehigh Valley Health Network building, which was designed by MKSD Architects of South Whitehall Township.

The health center has preliminary approval from the township, and will go before the township supervisors for final approval in July. The rest of the Lehigh Hill project is still in the planning stage.