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Proposed warehouse plan put on hold, those against say fight is not over

Updated: Wednesday, September 25 2013, 07:01 PM CDT
Reported by Christina Butler:

New Cumberland -- An application for a warehouse in York County is put on hold.

The proposed trucking center has gotten a lot of attention, and even spurred the creation of a formal group of concerned citizens.

The developers want to put a more than 1 million square foot distribution center in Fairview Township, near where Route 114 and Interstate 83 meet.

But they are temporarily withdrawing their application because of concerns with the nearby airport.

People against the warehouse say they aren’t letting their guard down though, and still plan to fight the truck terminal.

The Fairview Township proposed warehouse has been on the radar of residents since the first application was submitted back in May.
Packed meetings throughout the summer, allowed township attendees to sound off.

Now, the Australian-based company Goodman Birtcher has announced they are withdrawing the pending conditional use application.  Their reason is that they need to restructure the facility’s plans to meet regulations from the nearby Capital City Airport.  

“Well we are happy with this most recent decision,” commented Jonathan Greer.  “It's not over by any means, no.”

Greer heads Concerned Citizens of Fairview Township, the group most-outspoken about allowing a trucking terminal to plant off the Lewisberry Road exit of 83.

He says they aren’t against development, just against this type of growth.

“Public health and public safety we were worried about the effect it would have on traffic. the effect it would have on the emergency responders ability to respond to an accident on 83 or somewhere off route 114,” Greer told us.  “If that was locked the 1700 trucks a day that are loaded down that could be a real problem. Also where the pollution (would go).”

The law firm representing Goodman Birtcher says they believe they can adjust their plans to lower elevation levels to meet airport regulations.

While they work on those plans, Greer and his alliance have no intention of changing their plans to fight the terminal.

“I understand why they like it, its proximity to two different interstates but the problem is those interstates can’t accommodate this level of traffic,” Greer concluded.

The next meeting for the Fairview Township Board of Supervisors is on Monday, and the Concerned Citizens plan to be there to continue the discussion of keeping this warehouse out of their township. 
Proposed warehouse plan put on hold, those against say fight is not over


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