POCONO TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Plans for a new warehouse in Pocono Township are raising concerns among its residents.
Tension was high among residents who attended the public hearing last night.
Eyewitness News spoke to neighbors who say if passed, this warehouse is going to destroy a nearby wetland and they will do everything they can to stop the plans.
“We have bear. We have weasels. We have skunks,” says Cynthia Anglemyer, a Pocono Township resident.
Wildlife, wetland, and a quiet neighborhood: Reasons why Cynthia Anglemyer and her neighbor Elina Braverman love where they live.
Three reasons that are also leading their fight against plans of a new warehouse for Core5 Industrial Partners Company that would be built near their properties on Stadden Road.
“Economically, they do not help at all because the jobs they bring are low-paying jobs and all they create is environmental damage and congestion,” says Braverman
“The noise of the trucks, and the beeping of the backup, and you know just the sounds of a warehouse 24 hours will destroy our neighborhood,” says Anglemyer.
The pair attended Thursday night’s zoning hearing board public hearing, where variances of the plans were discussed.
Many residents said they felt as though their concerns were being ignored, but the township’s land development secretary tells Eyewitness News the hearing approved of reducing the size of the warehouse’s planned parking lot, and that residents need to speak their voice at the next planning commission.
“If they have things to present, you want to present them at the planning commission meetings, with regard to whether that plan for that warehouse in question, how it’s going to affect them,” says Krisann MacDouglall, land development secretary of Pocono Township.
She says the planning commission is the first stage of a plan to move forward.
“If you want your voice heard, you need to show up. You need to come to the meetings,” explains MacDougall.
Braverman says they plan to do just that.
“We will fight for as long as we have to, because this is worth saving,” says Braverman.
At the meeting, Eyewitness News asked the Core5 Company for a statement in regards to the plans. They said they had no comment.
This coming Monday is the planning commissions meeting and many residents say they will be attending.