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Planners to discuss FedEx plans

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Meetings moved to township fire hall

The Allen Township Planning commission has two meetings scheduled regarding FedEx's plans to build a mega-transportation hub in the township, April 28 and 30, beginning 7 p.m. at the township fire hall on Howertown Road.

The planning commission regularly meets at the Indian Trail municipal building.

The April 10 supervisors meeting agenda noted the dates, times and place of the planning commission meetings.

The planning commission is expected to make its recommendation to the board of supervisors sometime after the mid-June deadline, unless FedEx requests an extension.

The five member board of supervisors has not issued any public comments regarding the proposed project that initially will see a 815 square foot building and later a 1.2 million square foot building built in the township.

The massive FedEx ground distribution center would be located off Willowbrook Road, a serene setting where homes dot the landscape, among rolling acres of farmland and woods.

During the March meeting, some 150 residents came out in full force, expressing concerns over traffic, noise and major changes to their living arrangements.

Although the land is zoned industrial, FedEx and the Rockfeller Group have undertaken a major effort to advance their case for the transportation hub, expected to generate a dramatic increase in truck and car traffic.

Spokespersons for the developers addressed the many road improvements planned for Airport Road, Race Street, Willowbrook Road, turning lanes, traffic signals and a huge tree planting program.

The Lehigh Valley International Airport Authority and Lehigh Valley Planning Commission have endorsed the project, however, the vote by the Allen Township Board of Commissioners will decide whether the project moves forward.