Friday, April 3, 2015

Construction Begins On Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center

by Steve Lubetkin,
The Goldenberg Group and TCH Development have begun construction of the Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA.

The 565,000-square-foot project—one of the largest open air shopping center developments in the country in recent years—will be anchored by Target, Costco Wholesale Club and Whole Foods, and will be complemented by first-class retailers including Dick's Sporting Goods, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Rally House, Five Below, Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), Pier 1 Imports and Ulta Cosmetics.  The Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center is scheduled to open in July of 2016.

The project occupies about 70 acres of commercial property between Hamilton Boulevard and the Route 222 Bypass at Krocks Road, with direct access to the shopping center from Route 222.  Hamilton Crossings will showcase the first Costco and first Whole Foods in the Lehigh Valley. The project includes a number of public improvements, including significant regional roadway improvements, new technology in the form of adaptive traffic control signals and a regional storm water detention facility that will help address flooding conditions. The project will also include amenities such as bike and walking paths, public gathering areas and a connection to the historical log cabin site on the adjacent Wescosville Park.

"The project reflects years of teamwork and collaboration among Township planning, engineering and legal staff, the Commissioners, the Planning Commissioners, many different representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as countless constituent groups, neighbors and other stakeholders, " says Tim Harrison, owner of TCH Development.  "Hamilton Crossings is truly a shared vision that will become a uniquely positive asset for the Township and for Lehigh County for many years to come."

The project's developers also cited the leadership and unwavering support of state Senator Pat Browne and state Representative Ryan Mackenzie as a critical factor in moving the project forward, as well and the participation of several key Commonwealth agencies, including the Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth Finance Agency, PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank.  Financing for Hamilton Crossings was provided by lead bank M&T Bank, as well as Susquehanna Bank, National Penn Bank and Beneficial Bank.

"This project really represents an amazing achievement for everyone involved, both private and public," says Jeremy Fogel, principal with The Goldenberg Group.  "We truly value all the relationships we've forged and now look forward to executing on our commitments so that Lower Macungie Township and Lehigh County ultimately view this project as the tremendous asset for the region that we all envisioned."

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