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Upper Hanover Board Grants Approval to Preliminary Plan for Warehouse Project
Written by Candace Perry, Correspondent

            Despite some detailed objections by a nearby resident, the Upper Hanover Board of Supervisors gave preliminary plan approval to Audubon Land Development's proposed warehouse on route 663 at their June 11 meeting..

            A Quakertown Road property owner outlined his concerns about the 52-bay warehouse being a 24-hour operation, and the truck noise during the nighttime hours. He asked the supervisors to include a condition that the warehouse not be 24 hours. Solicitor Joseph Bresnan stated that the project has been a 24-hour one since the beginning.

            The developer has included plans to block the noise with a 15-foot sound wall that will be built according to PennDOT specifications, like those that are used along the turnpike.

            The board approved the plan with conditions that the developer meet certain financial obligations and that when the warehouse is up and running, that a study be done to determine whether a pedestrian crossing will be required to allow people to walk from the warehouses across 663 to the Wawa.

            Additionally, the board gave preliminary and final land development approval to the Deerfield development, to be located on Montgomery Avenue. A portion of the development will be in Upper Hanover.

            Following a public hearing, the supervisors voted to amend a recent ordinance regarding locations of warehouses. Solicitor Bresnan called it "further tightening of the warehouse ordinance."

            The supervisors also approved an ordinance to permit truck traffic on a specific portion of Kraussdale Road, 750 feet from Gravel Pike to the planned warehouse.

            A four way stop sign at the intersection of James Road, Rose Drive, and Vine Drive at the Vineyards community was authorized.

            The board honored members of the YMCA staff and Upper Perkiomen Ambulance for their quick action when a YMCA patron was found unresponsive in the locker room. Supervisor Tim Woodward read the commendation, which stated that the Y team "acted swiftly," performing CPR on the individual. Both the Y staff and Upper Perkiomen ambulance provided "life saving services." The individual was taken to the hospital and released a couple of days later.






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