Reading Eagle Sept 7, 2017

Greenwich Township residents voice opposition to plan for warehouse

WRITTEN BY BY STEPHEN F. DELUCAS – READING EAGLE CORRESPONDENT

Thursday September 7, 2017 12:01 AM

GREENWICH TOWNSHIP, PA.

The Greenwich Township supervisors listened to a lengthy list of objections Tuesday to plans to build a 505,000-square-foot warehouse along Route 737 north of the Krumsville interchange on Interstate 78.Neighbors’ objections were laid out by Dodie Sable, spokesperson for Krumsville Community, a residents group opposing the warehouse.

Traffic concerns dominated, with predictions of backups due to tractor-trailers queuing to turn left at Route 737 and Old Route 22, constant truck noise, property damage from construction and truck traffic-caused vibration, danger to buggies, bicycles and pedestrians and traffic gridlock caused by what Sable described as nine miles of trucks.

Other concerns voiced by Sable included environmental problems with extreme grading of the property, loss of habitat for ring-necked pheasants, the bobwhite quail and the gray fox, loss of wetlands and stormwater problems.

A drop in property values due to the warehouse was also predicted.

“We all agree these plans should not be approved,” Sable said. “We don’t want the warehouse here.”

Supervisors Chairman Victor M. Berger assured those at the meeting that the legal process for plans would be followed. Residents’ concerns will be considered by the planning commission when it meets Sept. 18 to review the preliminary plan again. After the planners make a preliminary plan recommendation the supervisors will consider it.

Berger noted, “If we approve the preliminary plan it still must go back to the planning commission and then to us for final approval.”

In other business the supervisors voted 2-1 to follow a state recommendation and realign ambulance service in the township. Cetronia Ambulance Corp. of Whitehall, and Northeastern Berks EMS of Kutztown will join Hamburg Ambulance and Kutztown Ambulance Transport as providers in the township.

Harry Hoppes voted no, objecting to the delay in dispatch from Cetronia due to rerouting a 9-1-1 call from Berks to Lehigh County.