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Board to consider new 55+ community

The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners met for the monthly workshop meeting Sept. 5.

The WB Homes conditional use hearing will be held at the next meeting. The property in question is located on Rural Road in an R-3A low-medium special care community residential zoning district. WB Homes hopes to use the Rural Road property to build 116 age-restricted units for residents older than 55 years old.

In other business, the commissioners will vote on an ordinance approving a $53,561 purchase for replacement automated external defibrillators. More than half of the 39 AEDs, devices used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, will be distributed to the township’s fire and police departments, with two each going to administration and departments of recreation and public works.

The AEDs currently in the township are about seven years old and are reportedly considered obsolete by the manufacturing company.

The commissioners will also vote on ordinances regarding the purchase of Weinhofer Farm for preservation, updates to the emergency operations manual and a land development plan for 2601 and 2631 MacArthur Road.

The commissioners are expected to approve a $375,000 loan from the Lafarge Fund at the next meeting for the purchase of the farmland preservation easement for Weinhofer Farm on Spruce Street. The preservation was approved at the Aug. 14 meeting. This 155-acre farm would reportedly be the first preserved farmland in the township.

The land development plan for redevelopment of MacArthur Commons includes a car wash, indoor entertainment facility, retail buildings and and future expansion of Walmart, according to the meeting agenda’s supporting documents.

The commissioners will meet next 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.