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FedEx project reveals aging farmstead

FedEx project reveals aging farmstead

The farmstead sits in a woody oasis straddling East Allen and Allen townships, its only traces of antiquity are a disintegrating barn and a home cloaked in hungry vines. Yet that was enough to mark the 106-acre property dating back to the early 1800s as a historical and cultural resource — the only of its kind — near what is to be the home of the $335 million FedEx Ground distribution facility proposed for Allen Township. A massive environmental study examining the properties around the proposed shipping hub, which would be on land owned by the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, alerted officials to the unassuming historic resource. The report was required before the...