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N. Catasauqua resident sounds alarm

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Linda Wojciechowski in Local News

Dan Snyder seeks help to block plan for warehouse retaining wall

Residents who live along the border of North Catasauqua or Catasauqua and neighboring Allen Township may be greeted this week with a knock on the door by Dan Snyder.

He will be asking residents to attend the 7 p.m. April 17 meeting of the Allen Township Planning Commission, where a proposal for a huge warehouse complex is expected to be presented.

Word of the warehouse plan came to light when Bob Dwyer of LandTrust Properties, representing the Fuller Foundation, presented a sketch plan for developing part of the Fuller Farm at a North Catasauqua planning committee meeting March 7. The Fuller property is partially located in North Catasauqua.

Dwyer’s sketch plan for the Fuller Farm includes some development in Northampton Borough, Allen Township and North Catasauqua, a plan that would include some single-family homes, some apartments along Willowbrook Road, a reduction in the size of the Willow Brook Golf Course and preservation of the family’s equestrian stables and historic homestead.

Snyder, a borough planning committee member and Grove Street resident, attended the March 14 borough council meeting to express his concern about a warehouse development that Dwyer told the planning committee is to be proposed on land near Snyder’s home.

A complex is expected to be proposed for Allen Township, a plan that includes 1.1 million square feet of warehousing with 400 tractor-trailer docks and around-the-clock operation, Snyder said. The lot is located catty-corner to the 0.8 million-square-foot Fed-Ex Ground complex under construction along Willowbrook Road.

He told the council he had seen the “Lot 5 Plan” and that it covers all the ground between Willowbrook Road and the Willow Brook Golf Course. Of particular concern is a high retaining wall expected to be erected on the warehouse property, near the border.

“This places it close to residents on Berk, Grove, Chapel, Liberty and Locust streets and will be in the backyard of many homes in Catasauqua,” he said, noting that it will not be near any Allen Township homes.

Concerned that it is a win-win for Allen Township and a terrible eyesore for North Catasauqua, Catasauqua and the Willow Brook Golf Course, Snyder is calling for residents from both boroughs to attend the Allen Township Planning Commission meeting Monday to get more information and make their concerns heard and for borough council members to confront township officials.

When an attempt was made to do just that by Snyder, Catasauqua Mayor Bill Molchany and Councilwoman Michele Hazzard at the last Allen planning meeting, little information was forthcoming.

“They only said, ‘Come to the planning meetings,’” Snyder said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

He and some members of borough council will do just that.

And, if Snyder is successful at knocking on lots of doors, so will many residents of North Catasauqua and Catasauqua.

Allen planners will meet at 4714 Indian Trail Road.