On Jan. 10, there was a hearing in the Jerome Township Hall regarding a proposed 530,000-square-foot, 24-hour FedEx Ground trucking distribution center at 8341 Industrial Parkway.
The room was full of concerned residents, none of whom spoke in favor of this trucking facility.
Typically, these hubs are located close to major interchanges in order to reduce their impact on the area and to maximize efficient traffic flow.
This proposed building will be located approximately 2.5 miles away from both the U.S. routes 42 and 33 interchange and the state Route 161-U.S. Route 33 interchange on a mostly two lane road. Many intersections and several roundabouts in this area would be impacted.
How will this FedEx hub be a positive addition in our area?
By polluting our community with noise 24 hours a day? By adding thousands of cars and trucks on our already strained infrastructure? By reducing the property values of many of our residents?
By contributing a fraction of the significant cost it would take to bring ALL impacted intersections up to safe levels?
FedEx must meet the standards in Jerome Township Zoning Resolution sections 240.04 and 245.04 in order for the Township Board of Zoning Appeals to approve the applications. The proposal seems to violate Standard 7 of Section 240.04.
That section reads: "The proposed use will not involve uses, activities, processes, materials, equipment and conditions of operation that will be detrimental to any persons, property, or the general welfare by reason of excessive production of traffic, noise, smoke, fumes, glare or odors."
The board's duty is to uphold all the required standards for the safety and well-being of residents, as well as the safety of commuters.
Development is essential, however it must be done responsibly. This is not responsible development.
In fact, I believe it will be detrimental and dangerous.