Emmaus Borough Hall was filled to standing room only as residents showed up at the Nov. 4 Emmaus Borough Council meeting and public hearing to express their concerns for the proposed zoning district.
Developer Jeff Trainer came before council in September regarding a proposed zoning change for 6.1 acres of land at 300 Furnace St. and 2.7 acres of land on 326 S. Second St. The properties are currently zoned as light industrial and conservation residential and council will vote on whether to change the areas to a high dentistry residential office zoning district.
A brief Emmaus Borough Council meeting was held in borough hall Oct. 21.
It was noted a public hearing and second reading pertaining to an area at Furnace and South Second streets will take place at the Nov. 4 meeting.
Back in September, developer Jeff Trainer came before council with a proposed zoning change for 6.1 acres of land at 300 Furnace St. and 2.7 acres of land on 326 S. Second St. The properties are currently zoned as light industrial and conservation residential. Council will be voting to change the areas to a high density residential office zoning district.
It was first announced at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Oct. 7. The Emmaus Creative Arts & Innovation Center will be arriving to the borough in the foreseeable future.
The proposed center will occupy the 35,000 square foot vacant warehouse building on South 10th Street, located directly across from Phoebe Ministries new senior living community Chestnut Ridge at Rodale.
The ECAIC group, which received 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service in August, is led by local investment advisor Jim Baker.
Emmaus residents will now have a second payment option for refuse bills come 2020.
At the Sept. 16 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, it was announced residents will have the chance to pay their refuse bill quarterly instead of annually. Residents will still be able to pay their full bill upfront before the February deadline to get the discounted rate, or they can choose to pay the bill in quarterly payments but with an additional $10 per quarter.
Two future housing developments moved one step closer in their plans at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting held Sept. 3.
The first property discussed was the abandoned lot at 300 Furnace St. The developer, Jeff Trainer, came before council with a proposed zoning change for 6.1 acres of land at 300 Furnace St. and 2.7 acres on 326 S. Second St. The properties are currently zoned as light industrial and conservation residential but would become a high density residential office zoning district if approved by council.
Michael Gibson gave an update on the Borough Visioning Committee at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Aug. 19.
Back in February, it was announced the planning commission had established a committee to develop a 10-year vision for the borough. Gibson, chairman of the committee, explained the initial plan was to identify 10 perspective goals and strategies to help better the borough. The committee is made up of long- and short-term residents and both for-profit and nonprofit businesses who have been in the borough for a variety of different years.
Emmaus Borough Council conditionally approved three different events to take place in the fall at the July 15 meeting.
At the June 17 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, council unanimously approved a conditional approval that will allow Phoebe Ministries of Allentown to build an independent senior living community at the old Rodale property on South 10th Street.
The current title is Chestnut Ridge at Rodale which pays homage to Rodale’s long standing presence in the borough and also encourages a healthy lifestyle in the elderly community.
A conditional approval of a warehouse at 840 Broad St. caused some lengthy discussion at the Emmaus Borough meeting May 20.
This plan, which has been in discussion for a year and a half, proposes the construction of a 12,000 square foot warehouse/light industrial building at a site known as the “Emmaus Commerce Center.”
The borough’s first annual Dumpster Day has a date of Oct. 5, which was announced at the Emmaus Borough meeting May 6.
Councilman and head of the health, sanitation and codes committee Jeff Shubzda, said they will “have to go over the logistics and the details” of the event more thoroughly during committee meetings.
Per the last committee meeting notes, the event would include “household hazardous waste, most likely e-waste, a metal recycling dumpster, most likely a contractor for Freon and a tire dumpster.”