David Jaindl and the Jaindl Land Co. will host a forum 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lower Macungie Community Center in a further effort to tell township residents about the changes he has made to the Spring Creek development plan.
The original plan, presented more than two years ago, included the construction of about 700 town homes, a commercial district and several warehouses on 700 acres of farmland in the southwest corner of Lower Macungie Township.
The new plan caps the residential development at 400 homes. Some will be single family swellings, others will be part of a "55-and-older" community which will lessen the burden on the East Penn School District, say proponents of the plan.
"Plan B" would also reduce commercial development to just over 71,000 square feet from the original 443,000 square feet. It would also provide two acres for a fire station to be built and would reduce the overall truck traffic the original plan would have generated, Jaindl says.
But Jaindl will not proceed with the new plan if the seven people who have been suing him since 2010 continue with their suit.
"We are considering these changes in an effort to assist the township in resolving all outstanding litigation which has already cost the Lower Macungie Township taxpayers in excess of $135,000," Jaindl said in a written release.
"It would be my hope that the Appellants would also prefer to put an end to the legal battle and stop the negative financial impact to the Lower Macungie Township residents," he said.
The hope is that the informal community setting of Tuesday's forum will be one at which residents feel comfortable discussing the elements of the new plan with David Jaindl, said Adam Jaindl in an email announcing the forum.