The parties embattled over a proposed 1-million-square foot warehouse in Fairview Township can take a breather, as the company on Wednesday issued a letter to the township withdrawing its application.
The news came as township residents were preparing for another session in a public hearing that was supposed to be held Wednesday to air the proposal to build the warehouse on the 83 acres at the northwest corner of the intersection of Lewisberry Road and Interstate 83.
That meeting has been canceled and township zoning officer Steve Waller said residents opposing the project will probably feel some relief.
But how enduring that relief will be remains to be seen. He said a letter the company sent to the township said the withdrawal was being made so the company can modify its plan to lower site elevations.
"We're just going to have to take a wait-and-see approach," Waller said.
Hundreds of residents and members of the grassroots organization Concerned Citizens of Fairview turned out to oppose the warehouse during a hearing earlier this month.
The plans: The warehouse would be built by Goodman Birtcher North America Management, a global property group that owns, develops and manages industrial and commercial property.
In the letter sent to the township, attorney Charles Courtney said a portion of the proposed site is located within a regulated zone for the Capital City Airport.
The company has been working with the airport's authority to make sure the elevation of the site and the proposed building would allow safe approaches for the airport, according to the letter.
"Based on additional information that we received from the Airport Authority after the last hearing, it has been determined that the site elevation must be further lowered," Courtney wrote.
Goodman Birtcher believes it can do this, but it will require some layout changes. As a result, the company must withdraw its proposal so it can redraw the layout.
Courtney did not immediately respond to a phone call to say how long the redesign might take.
Residents respond: Colleen Greer, a representative of Concerned Citizens of Fairview Township, said the withdrawal is "temporarily great news" for residents.
Though the proposal has been withdrawn, she encouraged residents to take up their concerns with the board of supervisors at the board's regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.
"We know it's important that we also be cautious as they can resubmit under revised plans in the future," she said.
Residents protests have included concerns about traffic and the warehouse's infringement on a residential area.
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