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Board hears plans for warehouses

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Allen Twp. residents express concerns about traffic, environmental issues

Before the Allen Township Board of Supervisors weighs in on a proposal for six warehouses to be built along Howertown and Seemsville roads, the township’s planning commission will have its say on the project, which has area residents fired up.

Troubling to the crowd, which packed the township municipal building for the July 17 planning commission meeting, were concerns of traffic, safety and environmental issues.

Potential warehouse employees who will not drive south on Howertown Road to the Route 329 intersection to make a left turn onto Seemsville Road — instead choosing Mud Lane or Kohls Road — may cause major traffic tie-ups.

Jaindl Land Company with Watson Land Company, the latter based in Carson, Calif., submitted plans for six warehouses, comprising 2.5 million square feet, in the highway commercial zone, a permitted use for the project.

Just when the planning commission will turn its findings and recommendations over to the supervisors depends on a hearing, or hearings, needed.

Planning commission Chairman Gene Clater, known for his research and intense questioning on matters before the board, was the chair when the FedEx Ground project was proposed.

Clater expressed concerns on replacing the small 18-foot-long bridge on Howertown Road, which has a 14-ton weight restriction.

Wetlands adjoining the site to the east must be protected, Clater also noted.

Developer David Jaindl talked of installing dark lighting to handle light pollution and a pedestrian trail through the wetlands.

Kirk Johnson, of Watson Land Company, discussed the creation of landscaped berms and retention of wooded areas, which did little to appease the crowd, concerned about the impact 18-wheeled trucks will have on their rural neighborhoods.