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Allentown gets LNAA approval to sell parcel used for fire fighter training

By Randy Kraft, WFMZ.com Reporter, RKraft@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 13 2013 08:50:59 PM CDT
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

An agreement that will allow Allentown to sell less than five acres of land next to Queen City Airport was approved Thursday by the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

The agreement also allows Allentown to keep proceeds from the sale, which is estimated to bring the city more than $975,000.

The property in question is located behind the Mack South fire station at 12th and Lehigh streets in south Allentown. It is used as a fire fighter training facility.

The city plans to sell the property to  Health Network Laboratories, to expand parking facilities for its facility at 2024 Lehigh St. next to the fire station.

The sale still must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department, acccording to Charles Everett, the airport authority's executive director.

Everett explained the Justice Department must approve the deal because it was a party in a 2000 settlement agreement in which Allentown transferred  Queen City Airport to the airport authority.

Everett said that 2000 agreement was negotiated by the Justice Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport authority and the city.

He explained the city owns the parcel that will be sold, but needed approval from the others to sell it. He said all those other parties have approved it.

Health Network Laboratories is owned by Lehigh Valley Health Network and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation.