TOBYHANNA (Coolbaugh Township) — At the August Coolbaugh Township Planning Commission meeting, the Pocono Mountain Corporate Center introduced a sketch plan for a new 305,000 square foot warehouse it is planning to construct on route 611, north of the airport, on a triangular parcel created by the intersection of the old Delaware-Lackawanna railroad tracks and 611, across from the southern intersection of Laurel Drive and that state highway.
Rik Longacre, representing the developer, said the project was the northern part of the 350-acre Pocono Mountains Corporate Center West. Longacre told the commission that about 110 acres of that parcel are now under contract with 35 acres being devoted to the proposed warehouse space. There are no current plans for the second lot.
The warehouse is planned to be convertible for one or two tenant use. There will be 52 truck docks, with parking for 267 automobiles and 90 trailers.
Longacre told the board that the entrance is planned across from Laurel Drive and they are not expecting to need traffic signals at the intersection. Signalization would ultimately be determined by PennDOT, he said.
There was concern expressed regarding the 150-foot township set back from wetlands requirement. Longacre said one corner of the building, amounting to around 1,400 square feet, was within the 150-ft barrier.
The township wetlands protection ordinances “have no reason for being,” he told Supervisor Lynn Kelly who attended the meeting as an observer, “There are no environmental consequences of encroachment.” Longacre said if denied the waiver they would remove the offending corner of the building. The presentation was informational; action was neither requested nor taken.
Connor Burke, a representative of Pennsylvania American Water, appeared before the commission to present its development plan for review. The water company wants to reactivate two wells in Pocono Farms East shuttered twenty years ago.
To do that, they need to build a 1757 square foot treatment building on land owned by the association, which has agreed to ease the property for that use.
The renewed wells, which the company says have already passed all needed tests, will be rebuilt and are expected to produce a combined output of 220 gallons per minute. The flow will be treated and added to the community water system.
The building will be secured by, among other things, a seven-foot perimeter security fence. While the facility will be unmanned, operators will visit it daily. The commissioners accepted the plan for review.
Cramer’s Cashway received permission to combined two lots, partially in Coolbaugh and Tobyhanna Townships, into a single lot.
The Buck Hill Water Company was granted a soil delineation waiver to permit it to dedicate 832 acres to preservation, with a waterline easement.
The application needs approval from the Board of Supervisors.
The Coolbaugh Township Planning Commission meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the township building. Masks are currently required.