ALLENTOWN – Mayor Thomas Fritts has confirmed what residents have been saying for a while: there may be surveying exercise going down on a parcel of land in Higher Freehold Township bordering Allentown that may very well be a prelude to industrial growth.
Throughout a gathering of the mayor and Borough Council on Feb. 22, Fritts offered an replace on the parcel that’s generally often called the Stein property.
Probasco Drive in Allentown is adjoining to the Stein property in Higher Freehold on North Fundamental Road (Route 539/524). The big tract of undeveloped land is close to an exit from Interstate 195 to North Fundamental Road.
The Stein property is in what Allentown officers confer with as a greenbelt across the borough.
Throughout his feedback, Fritts mentioned, “There was exercise on the Stein property. I finished by final week and a surveyor recognized the property as a location for 2 potential warehouses.
“We’re trying into varied areas to forestall any growth that’s not good for Allentown. I’ve made it clear to (Higher Freehold) Mayor (LoriSue) Mount what Allentown doesn’t need to see. The residents of Probasco Drive will not be on the lookout for that vista to be destroyed.”
Fritts mentioned no software that proposes growth on the Stein property has been filed in Higher Freehold. He additionally famous that previously, officers in Higher Freehold have declined requests that candidates have made for variances from the township’s growth rules.
Concerning the potential for buying the Stein property and preserving the tract as open area, Fritts mentioned, “The administration firm that manages the property is just not thinking about preservation; preservation pays pennies on the greenback.”
“We’re doing all the pieces in our energy to embrace the combat” towards warehouses, the mayor mentioned. “Two warehouses on Fundamental Road, the place we have already got visitors, would really be a devastation to this historic borough. We’re on this (combat) for the lengthy haul.”
Fritts mentioned if an software for the event of the Stein property is offered to a municipal board in Higher Freehold, he’s hoping the members of that board would look carefully at any request for variances from their group’s growth requirements.
Because the dialogue relating to the Stein property ended, Councilwoman Erica DeKranes mentioned, “We are attempting to verify we all know what’s going on and to maintain our borders the way in which they’re.”
The prospect of business growth close to their houses has been a priority for residents of Probasco Drive for a number of years.
Throughout a gathering of the mayor and Borough Council on Oct. 8, 2019, residents reported seeing surveyors on the Stein property.
The residents mentioned they had been involved about the kind of growth that may very well be proposed on the land that’s in Higher Freehold’s Freeway Business zone.
The potential of a warehouse or warehouses being constructed on the property was talked about as a big supply of concern by the residents.