Storage center seeks warehouse expansion in Upper Macungie
An Allentown storage and distribution center is seeking a warehouse expansion in Upper Macungie Township well beyond what is permitted.
AmeriCold, which specializes in the commercial storage and shipment of temperature-controlled goods, is seeking a variance for a vertical expansion of an existing warehouse to reach as high as 135 feet, well above the 50-foot cap.
Reaching as high as 75 feet is allowed “with special conditions,” Community Development Director Daren Martocci said during the Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday.
Chairman James Brunell objected to the expansion and wanted to attend a Sept. 11 Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting to raise his concerns. Solicitor Andrew Schantz said he could only attend as a private citizen.
Supervisor Sean Gill said he wanted to know more about the request before making that decision.
Secretary Kathy Rader was absent.
The township’s firefighting apparatus can only extend as high as 125 feet, said Grant Grim, emergency management coordinator.
AmeriCold serves local food vendors and regional grocers, along with domestic and international food and beverage producers, its website says. The warehouse is at 7150 Ambassador Drive in a district zoned light industrial.
In other business, signs will be replaced and relocated along a portion of Cetronia Road that has been a concern for the township and its residents.
PennDOT agreed to replace outdated signage with larger ones that are more reflective and meet current standards, Township Engineer David Alban said.
These include arrow signs and warning signs for nearby curbs, which will also be moved closer to the curbs, he said.
The signs are along a troublesome “S” curve behind Air Products, headed westbound toward Route 100 from Mill Creek Road.
The signs are “too close to the curve” and fail to give motorists sufficient warning, Martocci said.
Donna Gregory, who lives on Cetronia Road, said trucks traveling from Route 100 eastbound toward Mill Creek Road have been a concern. She would like to see them prohibited from doing so.
“It’s become a major problem. I’m sitting in my house and things are starting to rattle because of the trucks,” she said.
The township is limited in what in can do because it’s not illegal for trucks to pass along Cetronia Road in that direction, police Chief Edgardo Colon said.