CUMRU TWP., Pa. – More than 100 people gathered in the cafeteria at Governor Mifflin Middle School for a decision on the future of a proposed warehouse on Route 10 near the community of Flying Hills.
Many people held up signs that read “no warehouse” at Monday night’s planning commission meeting.
NorthPoint Development, based in Kansas City, Mo., said it would like to build a more than 700,000 square foot $80 million warehouse.
NorthPoint said the Morgantown logistics center would primarily be used for storage and consolidation of manufactured goods prior to distribution, and would create around 300 jobs when complete.
After nearly two hours of discussion at Monday’s meeting, planning commission chairman Allen Gibson said he felt there was nothing more the commission could do.
Planners unanimously rejected the developer’s proposal. Plans will now move to township commissioners, who will meet next Tuesday, September 20. They can either follow the planning commission’s recommendation or vote to approve the warehouse.
Planners heard from several people during the public comment portion of the meeting. One of the concerns raised was traffic jams that were slowing down emergency vehicles as well as economic concerns.
“From an economic point of view, traffic congestion will have a deterrent effect on local businesses along Route 10,” said a local resident.
Mike Duff spoke on behalf of Penske Truck Leasing, saying his company opposes the proposal. Duff said his company did not believe Route 10 was designed to handle the proposed project.
“Currently the causeway is heavily traveled by passenger cars and is an active bus route during the school year,” Duff said.
Perry and Sue Haas said they were right next to where the warehouse could be built.
“If they want to put it somewhere else, that’s fine,” Sue Haas said, “but just not there.”
“We’re less than 100 yards from where all these trucks are going to come in and out,” Perry Haas said, “so we’re concerned about noise and pollution.”
After the meeting, NorthPoint told 69 News he didn’t want to do an interview. An employee representing the company at the meeting simply said he was “just disappointed”.