The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority on March 2 approved a tentative deal that would pave the way for FedEx Ground to build a $335 million package-sorting plant in Allen Township.
Under an agreement the authority approved during a special meeting, the owners of Willow Brook Farms would remove a deed restriction that forbids industrial development on airport land in exchange for cash and other considerations during construction.
The deal still needs the signatures of New York developers The Rockefeller Group and the Fuller Family Trust. Should that happen, it will end months of negotiations that have delayed the sale of 260 acres of airport land along Willowbrook Road for the FedEx project.
"Now, hopefully, the agreement can be signed and we can schedule a closing date for the land sale," said Charles Everett Jr., authority executive director. "This was the last major hurdle holding up the sale."