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March 26, 2007

Summit still not started

A year behind first proposed groundbreaking, retail project still wading through DEP process.

The [Pennsylvania] Express-Times
By Kristen Ziegler

Authorities are being prudent with the environmental review of one of Forest City's projects in Pennsylvania:

BETHLEHEM TWP. | Environmental review has delayed construction of The Summit Lehigh Valley, a 500-acre "town center" complex that developers wanted to open this year.

The developers, Forest City Commercial Group and Bayer Properties, planned 100 stores and restaurants at Route 33 and Freemansburg Avenue in the first phase of construction. A 20-screen Muvico Theatre was scheduled to break ground in spring 2006, but the entire site has remained virtually untouched.
DEP spokesman Mark Carmon said... the environmental review, which studies air and water pollution, could present a larger hurdle, particularly if the project disrupts a higher water quality waterway.

The Lehigh River borders the south end of the property.

While Carmon provided details of the environmental process, he could not predict whether The Summit Lehigh Valley developers would break ground this year.

And wouldn't you know it, the Cleveland cousins are just as tight-lipped as their more controversial Brooklyn kin:

Robert J. McGurck of Forest City Commercial Group did not return phone or e-mail messages seeking comment last week.

Summit Lehigh Valley spokeswoman Leslie Resnik referred calls to Brian J. Ratner, Forest City Commercial Group president of East Coast development, and Mark G. Bulmash, Forest City Commercial Group senior vice president of East Coast development.

Neither Ratner nor Bulmash returned calls seeking comment last week.


NoLandGrab: For the record, Atlantic Yards is practically three years behind the original date of Bruce Ratner's planned groundbreaking.

Posted by lumi at March 26, 2007 8:23 AM