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Planners To Examine Ocean Spray Project Tonight

A zoning land swap for the property has already been approved by Upper Macungie supervisors.

The will consider the so-called Project Pilgrim tonight, which is a land development plan by the Ocean Spray Co. to erect a 315,000 square foot industrial building on 44 acres in the township.

, following contentious debate last month, passed a zoning resolution that could allow the Ocean Spray to build a new bottling facility at the southwest corner of Schantz Road and Route 100. Both parcels of land belong to the Jaindl Land Co.

Supervisors heard on the proposal, much of it negative due to traffic concerns, on Dec. 21.

Planners are scheduled to see a traffic study from Keystone Consulting Engineers and find out more in-depth detail on just what the development project entails and how it will impact local traffic.

A full traffic study, paid for by the township had not yet been completed last month, although Keystone Consulting Engeering's Scott Stenroos said the traffic trips created by the light industrial zoning would be bearable.

And, Director of of Community Development Ken Moloney said at the January supervisors meeting that Gov. Tom Corbett considers moving Ocean Spray from Bordentown, N.J. to Upper Macungie a high priority.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. tonight.

Armand January 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
This is great theater, Act One, Scene Two, the planning board pretend to consider the project, objections are brought up which have already been discussed in the back rooms. Each of the members voices some concern and pretends to evaluate a Traffic Study by Keystone Engineers. The board carefully evaluates tonight's audience and improvises, either ending the scene with "The Approve It Now Script" or opting for the "Approve It Next Meeting" script.
Joe Corcoran January 18, 2012 at 05:46 PM
We need UMT residents who have concerns about this project to attend tonight's meeting. The supporters of this plan hope to get it done without anyone noticing. Only by showing up and asking questions and shining a light on this can we 'change the script'. We can't complain about the results if we don't show up and make our voices heard while we have a chance! The meeting is tonight at 7.

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