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More crowds expected at hearing on trucking terminal

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Sep 25, 2013 3:44 AM
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(New Cumberland) -- Several hundred concerned citizens are expected to be in attendance when the Fairview Township Supervisors re-convene a public zoning hearing this evening.

Goodman Birtcher North America is touting the potential economic benefits of a one million- square-foot warehouse facility it intends to build where I-83 meets the Turnpike in York County.

But a grassroots group known as Concerned Citizens of Fairview says the terminal would dramatically affect the quality of life in the adjacent neighborhoods.

John Wesley is a member and says neighbors are concerned about noise, traffic, property values and pollution.

"The effect of carcinogens and the really ugly chemicals that are spewed by diesel have a very, very dramatic impact on the health, particularly, of those who have pre-existing conditions," he says.

Wesley says the group is not opposed to development on the 82-acre tract of land, but stresses it doesn't believe the trucking terminal is appropriate.

Goodman Birtcher has filed an application for conditional use of the land, which is currently zoned for commercial business.

The developer says it could generate up to 400 new jobs, but Wesley is skeptical of the figures.

"There is absolute reason to be skeptical about it because they are the ones that consistently say that this is an automated, highly sophisticated, robotic warehouse," he explains.

Even if the application passes muster with the Fairview Township Supervisors, Wesley says the neighbors -- and their attorney -- are prepared to continue the fight.

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