WOOLWICH TWP. – The Woolwich Township Joint Land Use Board will meet on June 1 to consider preliminary major and final site plan approvals for the Oldmans Industrial Park. The meeting will be held in the Kingsway Middle School West Gymnasium beginning at 7 p.m. This is a change of location from the original meeting location.
This plan has been protested by residents due to its proximity to the Charles Harker Elementary School. Oldmans Industrial Park will be located on Auburn Avenue (Block 28, Lot 3 and 4). However, one end of their site will border the Harker School, located on Oldmans Creek Road.
Residents have been against the location of this industrial park, citing the health and safety of the children, traffic conditions, and environmental concerns.
Although the zoning for the industrial park location has recently been changed to residential use, the Oldmans Industrial Park application was submitted prior to the change, when it was zoned for Light Industry Office.
The Oldmans Industrial Park is listed as having an 854,450 square foot warehouse and office building along with 75 loading docks, 482 passenger car spaces, and 166 trailer parking spaces. The original design called for 150 loading spaces and 426 car parking spaces.
The plan also includes storm water management facilities, landscaping, buffering, sound attenuation measures and other site improvements all on 70 acres.
According to an article in The New Town Press’s November 2022 issue, Woolwich Township Mayor Craig Frederick said, “This entire committee does not support this warehouse.” Frederick added, “At the end of the day, it simply does not belong in that location.”
Anyone interested in the hearing may speak at the meeting. Copies of the application can be viewed at Woolwich Township Hall during business hours. You must call 856-467-2666 ext. 3107 to set up a time to review the application.
— by Karen E. Viereck, Editor/Publisher