Residents say Swatara warehouse proposal lacks critical details, needs revised

Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A hearing continued Wednesday evening on four proposed warehouses in Swatara Township.

While the warehouses could create jobs and boost the tax base, some are against the plan, saying it will do more harm than good.

A main point of contention for residents is that the project will change the character of the surrounding neighborhood, and that is strictly prohibited by the conditional use application the developer is seeking. (A conditional use is granted to allow a use that isn’t permitted, but can be approved if the land owner is able to meet the conditions set by the zoning board).

More than 100 people attended the hearing, the third one so far and the only one where the public had a chance to weigh in. They addressed concerns to both commissioners and project developers, CRG Integrated Real Estate Solutions, based near Philadelphia.

The four warehouses would be built on 165 acres of land currently owned by Smith Land and Improvement Corporation. The project will be bordered by Penhar Drive to the West, Mushroom Hill Road to the East, Route 322 to the North and residential homes on Chambers Hill Road to the South.

Missouri-based Mushroom Hill, LLC wants to lease the space to corporations to store shoes, clothes and non-durable goods. The township has said previously that the move would add 400 jobs. However, during the hearing, many residents voiced concerns that it would cause declining property value, air quality issues, and noise pollution.

No vote was taken on the proposal.

More public comments can be made during the commissioners’ Jan. 15 meeting.

Click here for more details of the plan from the township, and here for past coverage by ABC27.

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