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More than 200 new apartments could be on their way to Lower Macungie

Mill Creek Pointe
Jay Bradley
Representatives for the Mill Creek Pointe Apartments presenting to the Lower Macungie Planning Commission

  • Two large apartment complexes were moved forward at Tuesday's Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission meeting
  • The Mill Creek Pointe apartments are on their way to a conditional use hearing, potentially bringing 180 apartments across 30 buildings to a lot across from Lower Macungie Middle School
  • The 44-unit Brookside Meadows development was recommended for final approval, potentially bringing new housing nearby to the Lower Macungie Community Center

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP, Pa. — Two projects that together would bring more than 200 apartments to Lower Macungie Township continued to move along Tuesday at a meeting of the township planning commission.

Brookside Meadows and Mill Creek Pointe Apartments got the planners' recommendation for final approval and conditional use, respectively.

Both projects will now move on to township commissioners for formal approval.

Mill Creek Pointe

The Mill Creek Pointe project has been discussed several times at township planners' meetings, and finally attained recommendation for conditional use.

The development at 6300 Lower Macungie Road envisions 180 units spread across 30 structures and 552 parking spaces on a 45.6-acre lot at Lower Macungie Road and Spring Creek Road, according to plans discussed at prior meetings.

Each structure is to have six apartments each.

Public Document
Lower Macungie Township
Plans for the Mill Creek Pointe apartment complex shown at the August 8 Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission meeting. Final designs have some alterations from this design.

The proposed construction would sit across the street from Lower Macungie Middle School.

It is anticipated to be constructed in two phases, and will include a community center and pool.

Phase 1 would include 10 apartment buildings, the community center and a detention pond, while Phase 2 could contain 20 apartment buildings and have another detention pond.

Among the conditions presented by the township to the project were the inclusion of trail installations along the frontage of the lot, as well as a trail to Mill Creek Road.

Also required land development submission is written concurrence from East Penn School District related to traffic signal intersection design to not interfere with school bus drop-off prior to.

Planners' concerns in past discussion included interacting with the middle school, which is set to see expansion along with the rest of the East Penn School District in the next few years.

Brookside Meadows

Brookside Meadows, which would have 44 apartments in two structures, presented a final plan to the planners to go up next to the Wehrung's lumber location in the township.

The 3500 Brookside Road project would contain a water basin to the west of the site, along with walking trails on a part of the site that would be 100- and 500-year floodplains.

Lower Macungie Brookside
Jay Bradley
Plans for Brookside Meadows displayed at the Lower Macungie Township meeting on November 14

Discussion is needed on the final arrangement of parking before the project comes before township commissioners, and developers desiring green space rather than reserve parking spaces.

The presented plan had 88 parking spaces and 22 reserve parking spaces.

A common amenity area with grill and fireplace is planned for the project, with direct entry planned from Lower Macungie Road and emergency access from a private drive.