| BY AL URBANSKI
The new Hamilton Crossings shopping center in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania, will benefit from an innovative new traffic control system that manages signal timing based on continuously monitored traffic volumes.
The system allows traffic approaching the center from a major artery to the mall “largely unstopped” by lights, township engineer Alan Fornwalt told Allentown’s Morning Call.
Hamilton Crossings, a joint venture of The Goldenberg Group and TCH Development, will present the first Costco, Whole Foods, and Nordstrom Rack stores to the Allentown-Bethlehem area. Nordstrom Rack opened this month; the others are set to debut in October. Target staged the first big opening at the center in July.
The center will bring 619 full-time jobs and 301 part-time jobs to the area, development team Tim Harrison told the Lehigh Valley News, noting that many would be living wage positions.
“Our leading retailers have discovered it’s a good investment to pay a living wage, because you have motivated employees and they stay longer. You save on retraining,” Harrison said.
Other tenants at Hamilton Crossings include Smashburger, Ulta Cosmetics, BJ’s Brewhouse, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Petsmart, and Designer Shoe Warehouse.