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Plans for wine store and beverage outlet in Lehighton reviewed

A wine store and beverage outlet has been proposed for busy Blakeslee Boulevard in Lehighton.

The Lehighton Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously accepted plans for review brought forth by Mitch 328 LLC.

Darrin Heckman, senior project manager for Keystone Engineering, said the plan calls for a new two-unit building at 101 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive E.

The property is about 1 acre in size, and located west of Advance Auto. The location is now used by a farm stand.

He said it would be a 52-by-152-foot building, half of which would be a beverage center (beer store), and the other half wine and spirits.

Heckman represented Jane Mason, managing partner, Mitch 328 LLC. Jane, along with her husband, Todd Mason, own Masons Cold Beer in Jim Thorpe.

“The planners accepted the proposal for further review,” Heckman said. “If you’re familiar with the project in Jim Thorpe, it’s going to be a very similar building.”

Heckman said there eventually will be some activity, as an existing dilapidated building in the back will be removed in the near future.

“We had favorable discussion with the planning commission,” he said. “I think it’s moving along smoothly.”

Heckman said that engineer Bruce Steigerwalt will review the plans, and planners will then make a recommendation on the plans.

From there, he said the plan would eventually go before borough council for a vote.

A wine store and beverage outlet has been proposed to be built at this site at 101 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive E. between Advance Auto Parts and Pizza Hut in Lehighton. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS