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Apartment building approved at East Emmaus Avenue and South Fairview Road

An apartment project along East Emmaus Avenue in Salisbury Township has been approved.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to approve a resolution for the preliminary-final land development plan for NuVision Properties, LCC, 1493 E. Emmaus Ave., to convert an existing structure into 12 apartment units.

The township planning commission at its June 22 meeting voted to recommend approval of the plan for the property at East Emmaus Avenue and South Fairview Road in the R4, Medium Density Residential zoning district.

Commissioner Alok Patnaik made the motion, seconded by Commissioner Heather Lipkin, to bring the resolution to a vote at the July 28 township meeting.

NuVision Properties was represented by Attorney William G. Malkames, on behalf of Julius Ewungkem and Frank Ndi, NuVision owners, who also attended the meeting.

“The planning commission is recommending approval,” Salisbury Township Consulting Engineer David J. Tettemer of Keystone Consulting Engineers, Inc., said before the commissioners’ vote.

“The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission would like to see some bike racks placed at the property,” Tettemer said, noting the building’s proximity to Laubach Park.

Tettemer briefed commissioners on nine conditions that were part of the planners’ approval and which are listed in the resolution, as approved:

1. A waiver from requiring the location of existing man-made features within 100 feet of the site be shown on the plans.

2. A waiver from requiring an erosion and sedimentation control plan approved by the Lehigh County Conservation District, conditioned upon complying with Lehigh County Conversation District requirements.

3. A waiver requiring separate preliminary and final plan submissions.

4. A deferral to require the minimum right of way width for South Fairview Road (collector road) to be 60 feet (50-foot-wide, 25 feet from centerline, granted) and for East Emmaus Avenue (arterial road) to be 80 feet (60-feet wide, 30 feet from centerline, granted) with an offer of dedication to the township of future right of way.

5. Permission to place shade trees along the street and on the property.

6. A deferral to require concrete curbs and sidewalks along South Fairview Road and East Emmaus Avenue.

7. Comply with recommendations set forth in the township engineer’s June 14, 2022 letter and the recommendations of the planning and zoning officer’s June 15, 2022 letter.

8. A recreation fee of $2,000 per unit for six residential units for $12,000, due before issuing Certificate of Occupancy.

9. A deferral regarding cartway width for South Fairview Street (collector road) with 36 feet required and for East Emmaus Avenue (arterial street) with 48 feet required to allow both streets’ cartways to remain at their present width.

The plan has five apartments on the second floor, four apartments on the first floor and three apartments in the basement of the building.

The 32,450-square-foot building has a central hallway on each of its two floors.

Each apartment is to be one-bedroom. One room in each of the two-bedroom living quarters will be converted for use as a kitchen. Each of the living quarters is 504-square-feet to 572-square-feet.

The building was previously an eight-unit group home owned and operated by Eastern Comfort Assisted Living II, Inc.

The Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board 7 p.m. Aug. 10 meeting is canceled.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners meets 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in the meeting room of the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave. The Aug. 25 commissioners’ meeting is canceled.

The Salisbury Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in the municipal building.

The Salisbury Township Planning Commission is to meet 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in the municipal building.

PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN Nu Vision Properties, LLC, owners Julius Ewungkem and Frank Ndi receive approval to convert a building to a 12-unit apartment at East Emmaus Avenue and South Fairview Road, Salisbury Township.