Tilden officials reject warehouse; 'I'm glad they listened'

Residents pack meeting, oppose project

Video report by WFMZ's Tom Rader

TILDEN TWP., Pa. - The decision by the Tilden Township supervisors is a unanimous no, rejecting an ordinance that would allow for the construction of a warehouse near Laurel Avenue and Mountain Road.

"I'm thrilled. I'm glad they listened. They served the constituency," said Tilden Township resident Ruth Wilhelm.

Many agreed with the decision and left the meeting with a sense of accomplishment.

"I'm glad to see that they're sticking up for our community in not allowing a monstrosity like what they want to put in there,” said Jake Kessler, a Tilden Township resident.

More than 100 people packed the Tilden Elementary Center auditorium, where supervisors heard public comment on the ordinance to create an overlay district on a 120-acre farm owned by Philip Werley, the site of the proposed warehouse.

"As part of the process, amending any zoning ordinance, you need to hold a public hearing," said Gene Orlando, attorney for Thomas and Fey Werley.

One township supervisor said he cast his vote because of how residents would be impacted.

"I have a lot of concerns about traffic and how it's going to impact our township," said township Supervisor Richard Delong.

Is he concerned about any possible legal repercussions?

"It'll probably create some lawsuits, cost the township money in lawyer fees and things of that nature," Delong said.

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