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Categories: Blog, News, Press | Posted: September 1, 2017

If you haven’t read the newspaper or seen this article on MCall.com, now is your chance. Not only will this development be monumental for Kay Builders, but for the entire region!

For six decades, Kay Builders Inc. has been an influential part of neighborhoods in Allentown and across the suburbs of the Lehigh Valley. In 1961, founder Dick Koze quickly established a reputation for excellence as an innovative new home builder in the Lehigh Valley among his peers and the three generations of satisfied homebuyers who enjoy a quality built, customized home or townhome. With twenty-nine communities to its credit, this innovative, award-winning builder is the choice of many who have come to call the Lehigh Valley home. Now owned and operated by son Rick Koze, this third generation builder uses the same skills and principles that made Kay Builders a home building success early on. Rick grew up in the construction business, earned an economics degree from Yale University and had a 20-year career in finance before taking the helm at Kay Builders in 2002. He brings with him the perspective of the contemporary home buyer along with business experience and acumen. Rick and the Kay team, with their years of work in the Lehigh Valley, know the best land and locations to build new single, townhome, twin and active adult communities.

As a family-owned and operated business, Kay Builders eliminates costly managerial layers between builder and customer. With a lower cost structure, we are able to deliver a customized home with many included features at a good price while using materials and building methods that exceed industry standards. You will receive personal assistance from senior members of the Kay Builders Team.

Flexible zoning in South Whitehall landed massive Kay Builders development

By: Sarah M. Wojcik
Contact Reporter of The Morning Call

When sketch plans for 810 singles, twins, town homes and apartments came across the desk of South Whitehall Township planners, it didn’t go unnoticed.

“I don’t think the township has ever seen anything like this on this scale,” said South Whitehall planner Gregg Adams. But the enormous Ridge Farm, proposed for 190 acres along Cedar Crest Boulevard between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road, isn’t just big for South Whitehall.

It’s big for the entire region, according to Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley. “That’s the type of scale of development you’d see in Las Vegas during the housing boom,” Bradley said. “It’s absolutely a big deal.”

Kay Builders has been a part of many big projects, but President Rick Koze said Ridge Farm, which would also include retail space, would be the company’s largest yet. The land was purchased through a competitive bid about 10 months ago after years of discussions with the landowner, according to Koze. Ridge Farm Partnership and Jeras Corp. were listed as the owners on a township legal notice with Kay Builders as the applicant.

“It’s one of the better locations in the whole area,” Koze said. “What we’re planning would ultimately be a very diverse offering.”

It’s the kind of walkable, mixed-use community that has been lauded by urban planners and said to be preferred by 56 percent of millennials and 46 percent of baby boomers, according to a 2016 report by the New York-based Regional Plan Association.

The only development in the Lehigh Valley underway of similar style and scale is Madison Farms in Bethlehem Township, which when finished will comprise 837 apartments, single-family and town homes — as well as ponds, walking trails, open space and a dog park. In addition, the development’s 153,000 square feet of retail space is already completed and occupied.

While the stellar school district and access to major Lehigh Valley highways make the site attractive, Koze said it was South Whitehall’s forward-thinking — and recently revamped — zoning rules that were the big seller. South Whitehall’s latest comprehensive plan permits zoning features and overlay districts that promote walkable communities as part of the township’s vision of village clusters.

Kay Builders’ plan, which was first floated before the South Whitehall Planning Commission in May, calls for a traditional neighborhood development residential cluster on about 129 acres and various subdivisions on the remaining 61 acres.

The cluster would consist of 189 single-family homes, 100 twins and 216 apartments in six three-story buildings. There would also be four four-story mixed-use buildings with 75,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space topped with 219 apartments. A community clubhouse and village plaza would fill out about 13 acres, leaving about 27 acres as common open space, according to the preliminary sketch plans.

The remaining parcels would include seven single-dwelling lots of at least 80,000 square feet a piece and six single-dwelling units on at least 1 acre each. A 25-acre section would be subdivided to make room for 72 twins and a single dwelling on lots of at least 8,400 square feet. Kay Builders seeks to rezone the remaining 6.9 acres for general commercial to include two buildings totaling 45,000 square feet.

The plan would require Kay Builders to win conditional use approval, partial rezoning and land development approval. But right now, Koze is only looking for guidance from the Planning Commission on whether it would be worth it to move forward with the idea and submit a more detailed plan.

Koze said he decided to give the ambitious and varied concept a shot because of South Whitehall’s recent zoning changes and vision.

“As a developer you don’t want to fight too many uphill battles,” Koze said. “The current zoning in a lot of townships doesn’t allow for the flexible mixed-use development. There’s few places where they’ve been forward thinking and they’ve allowed it. South Whitehall is one of them. That’s very attractive to a developer.”

‘Synchronicity’ in South Whitehall

Though approval is months, if not years, away and any construction in the Ridge Farm’s eight-phase plan is even further out, its location along the suburban Walbert Avenue corridor comes as other projects are moving forward. One of those, the 249-home Jaindl Land Co. and Toll Brothers project known as the Hills at Winchester, is on the cusp of construction.

Another potential project, this one by Pennsylvania Venture Capital, is near Ridge Farm on a portion of the Grandview Cemetery property at 2735 Walbert Ave. The developer is looking to pursue zoning change for the 8 acres west of the cemetery in the hopes of getting the green light for denser housing.

None of these projects will be finished simultaneously, but there’s no denying that the timing will keep South Whitehall staff busy. The last time South Whitehall doled out 100 permits for new housing was in 2006, according to township community development manager Gerald Harbison. These projects have the potential to bring back those large numbers.

“There’s kind of a synchronicity to these projects which has them all happening right now,” said Adams, the township planner.

Koze’s comments on the appeal of South Whitehall’s zoning laws tells township leaders their message is getting across, according to Matthew Mulqueen, a member of the South Whitehall Board of Commissioners.

“We want growth,” Mulqueen said. “We want people to do what they want with their land, but we want to make sure it’s smart growth, long-term growth.”

Township Commissioner President Christina Tori Morgan said it’s important for residents to realize the considerable behind-the-scenes work that goes into these projects to ensure they don’t create serious hardships for the community.

“These things take a lot of time. People get concerned that this can all go up overnight. That’s not going to happen,” Morgan said. “There is a lot of strategic thought in how you’re going to do this in a smart way.”

Traffic will be a chief concern. The area is just north of a heavily traveled section of Cedar Crest that includes the Target- and Weis-anchored Crest Plaza Shopping Center on the west side and office buildings on the east side. With PennDOT in charge of Walbert and Cedar Crest Boulevard, Harbison said the traffic studies will be comprehensive.

Koze said he’s nearly done with the preliminary required traffic studies and soil testing for stormwater management work — the two most serious hurdles to any project.

Morgan said the public, too, will have their say.

“We’ll definitely have meetings on this,” she said. “We want the public to be a part of it.”

Koze agreed that he’d want to hear from residents to see if there are any concerns he can address.

RIDGE FARM PROPOSAL

What: Mixed-use development of 810 singles, twins, town homes and apartments and 120,000-square feet of retail space proposed by Kay Builders.

Where: 190 acres along Cedar Crest Boulevard between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road in South Whitehall.

Status: Sketch plan presented to get input from township Planning Commission

Trio Fields Releases New Townhome Building

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, Press, Trio Fields | Posted: June 20, 2017

With the sizzling heat and the summer sun, Kay Builders is excited to announce the release of Building 26 at our Trio Fields location. These lots won’t last long, so make sure to schedule your appointment today!

Trio Fields, located in Nazareth, is close to many modern conveniences such as the Sands Casino, Blue Mountain Resort, downtown Bethlehem, biking and walking trails, national retailers and more! There is so much to do in an around the Lehigh Valley, you’ll have your choice of entertainment year-round.

When completed, Trio Fields will feature 221 townhouse and 152 single-family homes.

Our CUSTOM-i-ZABLE floor plans are truly one-of-a-kind. Pairing exterior masonry with a variety of architectural accents makes for an atheistically pleasing townhome. Inside, our homes feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and basements, to name a few.

We urge you to take some time to read about Kay Builders are our longevity within the community. Kay Builders has served the Lehigh Valley continuously for over 50 years, longer than any other homebuilding company. We have also constructed more homes in Lehigh County than other homebuilding companies, having served over 4,000 satisfied customers. Our team has had to work hard at maintaining our reputation since the Lehigh Valley is our sole source of business and we must work harder to ensure the community continues to trust the Kay Builders team. We hope you will have the trust and confidence in us to serve you in your search for a new home.

New Community Released in Nazareth: Scenic View by Kay Builders

Categories: Blog, Press | Posted: January 19, 2017

Kay Builders is excited to announce the release of Scenic View, our newest community featuring Elegant Single Homes, located in the Highly Rated Nazareth School District. Just minutes from our Trio Field community, this scenic and beautiful location is going to be worth the visit!

Scenic View offers 16 well-appointed floor plans to meet every lifestyle. Featuring Ranch style homes, first floor masters and second floor master, our goal is appeal to all! With a variety of CUSTOM-i-ZABLE options to make it your own, this community is sure to be one-of-a-kind. Square footage ranges from 2212-3700+, offering plenty of space for you and your loved ones.

Starting at $359,500, the remarkable standard features that come with the home are unbeatable; gas cooking, stainless steel appliances,  granite countertops, and pre-finished hardwood, just to name a few, are some of the quality features that make Kay Builders a house-hold name in the Lehigh Valley. With beautiful masonry facades, streetscapes perfectly planned and views overlooking the mountainous Lehigh Valley, Scenic View is going to be a perfect oasis for you to call home.

You’ll find peace and privacy in this community set on quiet streets with minimum traffic.

Scenic View is close to major roads (Routes, 33, 78, 191 and 512). Nazareth is close to historic Bethlehem, known for its fine dining, culture, charming shops and now the Sands Casino Resort and Hotel. Also just minutes by car, are shopping centers featuring premium stores such as Wegman’s, national retailers, movie theatres and an abundance of restaurants. You will find nationally recognized health care facilities, including St. Luke’s Hospital and the Lehigh Valley Hospital, a quick car ride away.

Our Sale Manager, Bill Tavormina, is excited to show you around this breathtaking community! To learn more, visit us on the web at www.KayBuilders.com or call 610-656-7952.

Master On The Main Living: Options to Fit Your Lifestyle

Categories: Blog, Press | Posted: December 22, 2016

First floor living has become increasingly popular over the past several years. No longer is a first floor owners suite solely for the active adult market, but for all ages, lifestyles and familial size. With the rise in demand, Kay Builders has worked hard at developing and designing a variety of floor plans to accommodate this growing trend.

Currently, Kay Builders offers 30+ 1st floor living floor plans, ranging in size from 1,550 sq. ft. to 3,068 sq. ft. These 2-4 bedroom options offer open concept living, spacious owner suites with adjoining master baths, highly functional kitchens and great rooms and so much more! All of our communities, including our townhomes, twin villas and single homes have first floor living options. As in all of the homes we construct, everything is CUSTOM-i-ZABLE. Whether you are looking for a stacked stone fireplace, double oven, a finished basement or an extra bedroom, we can deliver! Our in-house designers are able and willing to create your Dream Home.

Kay Builders has also excelled at modernizing the classic Ranch Home, a single level floor plan, popular to the 1950’s. With our up-to-date designs, our Ranch plans are truly unique to Kay Builders. Floor plans in our repertoire include the London, Cascade and the ever-popular Fairfield. These single family, single level living plans, are popular amongst all ages. Those who love an open-concept floor plan are prone to purchasing Ranch homes because they have the ability to create one cohesive space for all to enjoy! Bedrooms are tucked away for privacy, but easily accessible.

If you don’t have the time to wait for the construction process, Kay Builders has a variety of QUICK DELIVERY HOMES that might suit your needs. We presently have 7 active communities throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Call today to schedule an appointment – (484)353-6100.

Finding a ranch or master on the main home doesn’t have to be a challenge. Just turn to Kay Builders!

 

The Better Business Bureau

Categories: Blog, Press | Posted: December 15, 2016

8-5x11-bbbThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) is the most respected organization solely dedicated to “advancing marketplace trust”. It is their mission to set high, unprecedented standards, encourage best practices and to create a community-wide effort amongst all forms of businesses and charities. Integrity and performance: two main components essential to the Better Business Bureau.

Kay builders, a proud member of the BBB since 1985, has excelled at earning an A+ rating through constant effort in the new construction marketplace. With a focus on customer service, quality construction and forward thinking designs, Kay Builders is at the forefront of their craft.

Having served the Lehigh Valley continuously for over 50 years, Kay builders has had the honor of constructing more homes then any other homebuilder in Lehigh County. Our dedication and commitment to the Lehigh Valley through constant charitable contributions and land preservation are just some of the key components that make us the builder of choice.

With the Better Business Bureau by our side, we are certain you will have the confidence and trust in us to assist you in your search for a new home.

To learn more about Kay Builders, find us on the web at www.KayBuilders.com.

New Community – The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows

Categories: Blog, Press, The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows | Posted: November 30, 2016

blue-barn-meadows-logo-cmykKay Builders is excited to announce The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows, our newest Townhome Community located in the Highly Rated Parkland School District. Just minutes from our Laurel Field community, this wonderful location is a great place to call home!

The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows offers 7 well-appointed floor plans to meet every lifestyle. With a variety of CUSTOM-i-ZABLE options to make it your own, this community is sure to be a showstopper. Square footage ranges from 1835-2160, offering plenty of space for you and your loved ones. Starting at $239,990, the remarkable standard features that come with the home are unbeatable; gas cooking, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, just to name a few, are some of the quality features that make Kay Builders a house-hold name in the Lehigh Valley.

If you’ve never been through a Kay Builders community, now is the time. With beautiful masonry facades, streetscapes perfectly planned and views overlooking the Lehigh Valley, The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows is going to be picturesque. You’ll find peace and privacy in this community set on quiet streets with minimum traffic. This community is also slated to have a tot lot!

The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows is close to major roads (within 2 miles of Routes, 476, 78, 309 and 22). Nearby shopping centers and local attractions such as the Da Vinci Science Center, Allentown Rose Garden, Trexler Memorial Park, Dorney Park, The Rodale Aquatic Center, Lehigh Valley Velodrome, and Upper Macungie’s vast network of parks provide a variety of enjoyable activities just minutes from your front door.

The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows is now OPEN, selling out of our Sales Center at Laurel Field located in Allentown off of Werley Road. To learn more about the community, find us on the web at www.KayBuilders.com or feel free to email sales@kaybuilders.com.

Phase 5 Now Open!

Categories: Blog, Press, Trio Fields | Posted: October 7, 2016

Trio Fields LogoTrio Fields, located in Nazareth is pleased to announce that Phase 5 is now open! Whether you are in the market for Luxury Townhomes or Elegant Singles, we’ve got you covered. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be the first to chose your lot in this next phase.

Our spacious townhomes range in size from 1,743-2,113 square feet and offer 3 Bedrooms and 2.5 Baths. You have the option for a first floor or second floor owners suite, 1 or 2-car garage as well as all of our CUSTOM-i-ZABLE options available to you.

Our single family homes range in size from 1,900-2,506 square feet and feature 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bath and 2-car garages. We have ranch plans, first floor and second floor masters to choose from as well.

With our myriad of CUSTOM-i-ZABLE options and our well-versed Sales professionals, we will be able to build and craft the home of your dreams. Sales Manager, Lina Minnich has over 27 years of Real Estate experience and cannot wait to help you purcdenalismallhase your forever home!  She enjoys interacting with developers, contractor, builders, attorneys and mortgage companies and has received numerous awards for her track record and for top sales performance and customer satisfaction. Click here to schedule an appointment today!

Located in Lower Nazareth Township, Trio Fields has its own charming feel;  it is surrounded by trees on all sides of the community creating a true natural oasis. Reflecting the beauty of the Poconos and nearby Blue Mountains, models are named after mountain ranges and national parks like Glacier and Bryce.

With its close proximity to dining, shopping, and many other modern conveniences, Trio Fields is the perfect place for you to call home.

Here at Trio Fields, you have the opportunity to build from scratch, or, if you are tight on time, feel free to come check out our Move-In Ready Homes! We have both singles and townhomes available to purchase now!

Once complete, Trio Fields will feature 221 townhomes and 153 single family homes. To find out more about Trio Fields, please log on to our website at www.KayBuilders.com.

The Fields at Indian Creek: Construction Is Underway

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, Press, The Fields at Indian Creek | Posted: October 5, 2016

The Fields at IICFraming1ndian Creek, Kay Builders’ first Active Adult Community has begun construction! The community which features 200+ single family homes is set amidst the old Indian Creek Golf Course in Emmaus, PA. Featuring lush greenery, 39 acres of open space and walking trails, this will be the ideal place for you to call home. Now is the time to get the home you have always wanted in the low-maintenance, convenient, bucolic setting of your dreams. With 50% of phase one sold out, now is the time to see how great The Fields at Indian Creek is and what Kay Builders can offer you!

Amenities

Having built solely in the Lehigh Valley, Kay Builders is adamant about creating an Active Adult Community unlike any other. The community will include an Amenity Campus featuring an extensive amount of activities for residents. Inside, the clubhouse will feature a state-of-the-art exercise facility, rooms in which to play cards or have book clubs and an indoor fireplace to having social gatherings! Outside, the campus will feature a swimming pool, bocce court, trails perfect for walking or biking, and so much more!

Close to shopping, dining and entertainment, The Fields at Indian Creek has the connectivity to local amenities and public transportation.

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The 11 floor plans offered feature first floor Owner’s Suites. Pricing starts at $299,900 with fabulous included features. Much like our other communities, our homes are CUSTOM-i-ZABLE. What does that mean? Our floor plans are merely a framework to get you started. You have the ability to move walls, rearrange traffic flows, move bathrooms, add or expand rooms, finish basements and more … the options are truly limitless. Our in-house design team will be able to make your vision into a reality! All it takes is a bit of imagination and the sky’s the limit.

Our floor plans range in size from 1493 to 3068 sq. ft. and include standard interior elements such as 2-3 bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, large master baths, spacious closets, tile floors, energy efficient HVAC systems and natural gas plus options such as double master suites and lofts. Our standard features are like no other in the industry!

Sales Team

With an extensive background in New Home Construction, Kay Builders is honored to have on staff Fran Phelps, our Sales Manager for Indian Creek. She is equipped with the latest trends in Active Adult living, and will be able to assist on your journey. She is eager to meet with you to discuss all options that we offer here at Kay Builders and would gladly take you on a tour of the community.  Fran’s assistant, Karen Axt, is also well-versed in New Construction and is able to walk you through the process as well! To schedule an appointment, click here.

The World of Kitchens

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, Press | Posted: August 27, 2016

KitchenIn early August, Kay Builders was approached by Lehigh Valley Magazine to contribute to an article being published in September. Known as the leading CUSTOM-i-ZABLE builder throughout the Valley, the editors over at Lehigh Valley Magazine wanted our expertise on kitchen designs. The piece was not to focus on your run-of-the-mill kitchens, but rather the modern, trendsetting, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE ones.

Brian McKendry, Vice President of Kay Builders and Shannon Cawley, Vice President of Design and Drafting, spoke with Tina Bradford, a well-known writer in the industry to discuss the ‘in’ design elements found in the modern day kitchen.

As most of you know, the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is where your family congregates, socializes and more importantly entertains. The kitchen is the room in the home that gets the most use – so why not deck it out with all of the bells and whistles? Not only will you have the coolest kitchen on the block, but it will meet your needs and lifestyle.

Without giving away too much detail to spoil the upcoming article in Lehigh Valley Magazine, I will tell you this…everything is grand in the kitchen. From the extra large center island to the built in charging station for your mobile and tablet devices, the technology found in today’s kitchens are off the charts!

As I sat listening to the conversation, I began dreaming up my perfect kitchen, and you can too! From the Montclair_Model_16choices in backsplashes and cabinetry alone, the sky’s the limit. According to Shannon Cawley, “no two kitchens are the same”, in the 190-200 homes Kay Builders will be constructing this year. As the saying goes, ‘to each his own’.

As we anxiously await the article’s release on newsstands, I will tell you this, customizing your home does not need to be a fantasy. Here at Kay Builders, it can become your reality. With our in-house designers and a Sales Team to walk you through the process, your dream kitchen is one phone call, email or text away. Now is the time to get creative and customize your dream home just they way you want it.

The Lehigh Valley’s Very Own Velodrome

Categories: Blog, News, Press | Posted: August 16, 2016

IMG_0010With the 2016 Summer Olympics in full swing, many Lehigh Valley dwellers are unaware of what is in their backyard. The Valley Preferred Cycling Center, better known as the Velodrome, is home to the ‘premier cycling series in North America’. A racing track for cyclists, unlike any other in the world, is located in the Lehigh Valley’s very own Trexlertown.

Throughout the year, the Valley Preferred Cycling Center hosts thousands of Olympian hopefuls as they train and perfect their sport. International cyclists included are among those who frequent the Velodrome to prepare for the Olympic Games.IMG_0015

Having just recently visited the Velodrome for the first time, it was truly an eye-opening experience into the world of competitive cycling. As we watched the youth training session take place, it was exciting and inspiring to see the passion in their eyes. Knowing that those competing in Rio at this very moment were once training on this concrete path, was probably a thought going through the minds of these children. Not only was it wonderful to witness, but the feeling you got as you entered the arena was like no other. Dreams are made here and you could get that sense immediately.

The Velodrome, also referred to as T-Town by avid cyclists, offers year round events. Whether you’re in the market to host a company-wide team building session, or looking to watch professionals train, there is always something to do! You can check out the their calendar of events here!

IMG_0018As a non-profit organization, this one-of-a-kind facility is reliant on local sponsorships and neighboring support. Kay Builders is proud to be one of those sponsors, allowing programs such as the Valley Preferred Cycling Center Junior Performance Academy to train our youth. We are honored and privileged to have such a highly-respected establishment located in the Valley and look forward to contributing to their efforts for years to come.