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Hearing on proposed trucking facility draws hundreds

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NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) -

A hearing on a proposed trucking facility in York County sent some into overdrive, with plenty of bumps along the way.

For starters, so many people showed up to the hearing in Fairview Township that it had to move to the garage area of Fairview Township Fire Station No. 1.

The setup took about 30 minutes, and the crowd stayed despite the lack of air conditioning.

Once underway, those representing the interested developer, Goodman Birtcher, spoke.

"It's sound planning because vehicles, in particular trucks, get to the interchange of the interstate highway through the interchange and onto the site with minimal to no impact on municipal infrastructure," attorney Charles Courtney said.

They said the million square foot facility could add several hundred jobs and bring in $600,000 in real estate taxes to the township.

Locals are concerned with property value, the environmental impact and the effect tons of big rigs would have on area highways.

"We are against this development because they are trying to force a square peg into a round hole and it just doesn't fit," resident Jonathan Greer said.

A majority of the meeting consisted of residents asking a representative from Goodman Birtcher questions regarding the proposed facility.

Company representatives say there is no tenant lined up, however, there is an interested international company.

No vote was taken at Tuesday night's hearing.

There is another meeting scheduled for Monday, September 9 at 6 p.m. Township officials are hoping to have the continued hearing at Red Land High School.

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