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Majestic Bethlehem Center gets $5 million state grant

Published On: Sep 05 2013 05:22:05 PM EDT

Northampton County’s Majestic Bethlehem Center is receiving a $5 million state grant

The 441-acre former Bethlehem Steel plant site is being redeveloped to create a multimodal shipping and distribution center for several businesses.

Called an intermodal business park, it is off Route 412 in the southeastern corner of Bethlehem --not far from Interstate 78.


Funding will be used to continue the construction and improvement of existing infrastructure to the facility.

Fully completed, the Majestic Bethlehem Center is envisioned to have about eight million square feet of state-of-the-art  logistics, light industrial and data center space.

It is expected that nearly 1,600 jobs will created or supported through the project.

Crayola LLC, the facility’s first tenant, moved in earlier this year and is fully operational.

Next to the 800,000-square-foot Crayola warehouse will stand a 1.75-million-square-foot warehouse, one of the largest in the Lehigh Valley.

The award was one of six Economic Growth Initiative grants, totaling $30 million, announced Thursday by Gov. Tom Corbett, which he said will support the creation and retention of more than 24,300 jobs across the state.

In addition to Majestic Bethlehem Center, other awarded projects include continued funding for the Lower Hill Infrastructure Project in Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Catalytic Cracker facility and the Project Clarity-Marcus Hook Splitter project in Delaware County.

In addition, two new projects have been awarded including Project Global/Johnson Controls, Inc. in York County and the Erie Bayfront Place Hotel facility.