FedEx expansion project in Richland still possible - PineCreek Journal

FedEx expansion project in Richland still possible

Trib logo Karen Price

Monday, August 26, 2019 | 12:01 AM

FedEx Freight’s plan for expanding its facility on Kramer Road in Richland is back on the table.

In May, the company withdrew a zoning variance application and a land development application related to a planned addition. At the August board of supervisors meeting, Township Manager Dean Bastianini said the company has come back with a redesigned project plan and will seek two variances at the next zoning hearing board meeting, scheduled for Sept. 17.

One variance would allow a retaining wall in excess of the 15-foot-high limit set by the township’s zoning ordinance. The second is for infringement into a wetlands area.

The matter was on board agendas earlier this year, but representatives from the company did not attend the March planning commission or zoning hearing board meetings. Residents who live near the facility have expressed concerns in the past over truck docking noise and the proposed location of a diesel fueling station.

Also at the August meeting:

• Supervisors approved a resolution authorizing the township to enter into an Automated Red Light Enforcement Program funding agreement with the state.

Earlier this summer, the township was awarded a grant of $164,000, with no matching funds required, to update traffic signals so they meet federal standards, including installation of LED pedestrian signals and safety updates that turn traffic signals green for approaching emergency vehicles.

The Automated Red Light Enforcement Program is administered by the state and receives federal funding to make traffic light improvements.

• Supervisors voted to apply for a state grant of $500,000 to help with ongoing improvements at Richland Township Community Park.

Bastianini said the township was contacted by state Rep. Lori Mizgorski, R-Shaler, about the funding opportunity.

• The Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department will hold a purse bash fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7. Admission is $35, which is good for food, refreshments and entry into various purse raffles.

The BYOB event will be at the fire department, 5857 Meridian Road.