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Hamilton Crossings meeting postponed until Feb. 11

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 03 2014 12:54:38 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 05 2014 07:13:18 AM CST
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Lehigh County Executive Thomas Muller's public meeting on the controversial Hamilton Crossings shopping center project has been postponed for one week by Monday's snowstorm.

Orginally scheduled for Monday evening, the meeting has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Muhlenberg College.

The developers will present their vision for the shopping center, which is proposed between Hamilton Boulevard and Route 222 in Lower Macungie Township.  The public will have an opportunity to give input and ask questions.

Developers of the upscale project want the county to approve a tax increment financing plan -- TIF -- to help pay for it.

Last June, Lehigh County commissioners voted 6-3 against a tax increment financing plan for the $140-million shopping center, which many assumed would kill the project. All the county commissioners will be invited to the public meeting,

The developers have been stalled by the county commissioners’ refusal to approve a TIF.

Last June, Lehigh County commissioners voted 6-3 against a tax increment financing plan for the $140-million shopping center, which many assumed would kill the project.

Muller and the developers hope to persuade county commissioners to reconsider and approve the TIF.

The financing plan needs the support of the county, township and East Penn School District to succeed. East Penn School Board voted 6-2 for the TIF last May.

At least three of the Lower Macungie commissioners support the project, although the township has not yet voted on a TIF.

If Lehigh County commissioners reconsider and approve a TIF for the project, Lower Macungie commissioners will be the last to formally vote on that TIF.

If a TIF is approved for Hamilton Crossings, the county, township and school district will give up 50 percent of increased property taxes generated by the shopping center for 20 years.

All the county commissioners have been invited to the public meeting,

It  will be in  Moyer Hall at the college. Parking will be available in the faculty parking lot at 23rd and Chew streets.