WFMZ – October 20, 2017

Now, I have to say something about this article.  We (the residents of Greenwich Township) have been begging WFMZ to come out and interview us with our concerns for a warehouse to be built at the apex of a residential area in which all warehouse traffic will have to come through a tiny intersection of the village of Krumsville.  Our complaint is that this is NOT a good location for a warehouse, of any size, as the traffic will affect the residents, the residents’ homes and cause health and safety issues.

Many of us have reached out to them for a quick interview, with a camera showing this intersection and the residential homes that the warehouse traffic will have to pass from I-78 exit up to the warehouse.  We finally reached someone at WFMZ who agreed to give us some air time.

On October 19th, WFMZ agreed to have Tim Silfies interview me (on the behalf of the Greenwich Township residents) about our concerns.  He was supposed to contact me on the phone and set up an interview for Friday October 20th.  He did not call, email or otherwise contact me.

INSTEAD … Mr. Silfies wrote this article. (link at the bottom to see the newscast)

READING, Pa. – The rise of warehousing in the Lehigh Valley has been a big story for several years, and it’s had a significant impact on the entire region.

As more and more companies need more and more space, the demand for warehouses is moving west.

“The Lehigh Valley certainly has become saturated with warehousing,” said Pamela Shupp, president of the Greater Reading Economic Partnership.

With many warehouses to her east, and to her west in Carlisle and York, that only means one thing.

“Within the 2018 and 2019 time frame, we will see over seven million square feet of space come online in Berks County,” she said.

Some of that will be used for manufacturing, but the big numbers are in distribution, and in this case the word “big” is appropriate.

“It’s kind of crazy when you think about how large these buildings have become,” Shupp said.

Take the LogistiCenter at Midway, for instance, currently under construction in Bethel Township.

The property goes on and on, for hundreds of yards, and when the warehouse is done it’s going to be over one million square feet.

The owners are so confident about the demand for space, they don’t even know who will be in there yet.

“People see the opportunity here,” explained Shupp. “Over 100 million people are within overnight delivery of the I-78 transportation corridor.”

Those millions of people want things delivered fast.

“We want some immediate gratification when we order online, and being as close as possible to the customer allows these overnight deliveries to happen,” she said.

A price for that is more truck traffic, which is the root of recent warehouse protests in Longswamp and elsewhere.

Shupp said it’s worth it for the broader tax base that comes with more jobs, and that the impact on rural areas will be minimal.

“The last thing we want and the last thing that companies want is to have to drive through rural roads in order to access the main transportation corridor,” she said.

In the end, according to Shupp, growth is inevitable.

“It’s coming our way and we just have to be ready for it.”

STOP NORMALIZING WAREHOUSE DEVELOPMENT!  There is nothing normal about where the Krumsville warehouse is proposed to be built. It is not directly off the highway, it is through a little village and along a residential area, it is not going to be safe for anyone!

Left turn off the highway

East bound exit ramp railing, taken out five times since it was opened on July 4th weekend. (photo October 2017)

Northbound Rt 737 off I-78 through Krumsville village

Left turn off Old 22 headed to I-78

Finishing that left hand turn

And how about all the videos we have captured of the trucks trying to make the turns during an I-78 detour (which has occurred eleven (11) times in the period January 2017 to October 2017) I have linked a couple of my favorites here below.

March 23, 2017

April 13, 2017

April 24, 2017

August 13, 2017

September 20, 2017 This is one of my favorites, clearly showing how a 5 way stop with a blinking red light has no jurisdiction in our village.  No-one ever stops or yields and we have many fender benders in the intersection each year.