May 5, 2023
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Allentown Borough Officials, Allentown and Upper Freehold residents have come together to oppose two warehouses with applications to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for a flood hazard area Individual Permit and Freshwater Wetlands GP-6, GP-7, GP-11, and Transition Area Waiver – Averaging Plan. The site is proposed to construct two proposed warehouses and ancillary parking, sidewalks, driveways, loading docks, stormwater and utility improvements. The complete permit application package can be reviewed at the municipal clerks’ office or by appointment at the Department of Environmental Protection Trenton Office.
According to an email sent by Allentown Borough on May 2, 2023, The Borough has assembled a professional team that includes Borough Engineer Carmela Roberts, PE, CME; Land-Use Attorney Michele R. Donato; and Environmental Consultant Attorney Stuart J. Lieberman. These professionals are working with the Governing Body on a response statement and template letter that residents can use to oppose this development on our borders. It will be posted as soon as it is received.
Take action by Thursday, May 11th to oppose the proposed Stein warehouse development on Old York Road
Below are all of the documents the Borough has received relating to the proposed development of the Stein property on Old York Road. This property is also known as Block 26, Lots 1 & 3 in Upper Freehold Township and Block 41.01, Lots 3 & 4 in Robbinsville Township. There is an application before the Monmouth County Planning Board and we expect that one will be before the Upper Freehold Township Planning Board.
The Borough has assembled a professional team that includes Borough Engineer Carmela Roberts, PE, CME and Environmental Consultant Attorney Stuart J. Lieberman to represent the Borough as the applications move forward, but we still need your help to voice opposition to this development.
Use the template below to respond to the NJDEP in writing by Thursday, May 11th. If you are a resident of Indian Run, we also ask you to include any information about flooding on or around your property with supporting photographs or videos. Letters can be sent to the NJDEP directly. Copies of letters, photographs or videos sent can be dropped off at Borough Hall or sent to Clerk@AllentownBoroNJ.com.
Bohler’s Letter to the Borough- April 26, 2023
Bohler’s Letter to the Borough- April 27, 2023
Ecolsciences Freshwater Wetlands Environmental Report- April 28, 2023
Mapping and photographs- March 24, 2023
David Steinberg’s Letter to the NJDEP- January 24, 2023
Template Letter Word
Template Letter PDF
Residents have started a petition that can be viewed here:
Overdevelopment is once again threatening our rural environment and quality of life. This time, the literal foundations of our towns are at stake.
Active Acquisitions Upper Freehold LLC has applied to build two large warehouses on Block 26, Lots 1, 2, & 3 in Upper Freehold Township (UFT). The builder would pave over 23 acres of UFT farmland on scenic Old York Road! This farmland has been in use for over 200 years!
The plan may require a separate wastewater mitigation system or sewer, potentially leading to MORE WAREHOUSE DEVELOPMENT, affordable housing developments, and HIGHER TAXES from increased school district enrollments. This is how chasing ratables actually ends up INCREASING taxes!
Tell the Upper Freehold Township Committee at Committee@uftnj.com to say NO to:
- ANY new VARIANCES tied to this proposal
- MORE TRUCK TRAFFIC from over 100 truck loading docks
- INCREASED COSTS for police, fire & first aid services resulting in HIGHER TAXES
- Required amendments for the construction of new SEWERS
- Associated HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
- POORER AIR quality and LIGHT POLLUTION
- Higher CRIME without a local police force to promptly respond
- FLOODING due to increases in stormwater
- DESTRUCTION of the UFT Township, Monmouth County and NJDOT approved Scenic Byway and loss of open space
- INCREASED TRAFFIC, CONGESTION, AND EMISSIONS with more than 600 additional cars on our roads
- IRREVESABLE HARM TO WILDLIFE that use this land as their only home
- This MEGA WAREHOUSE will degrade the quality of life for residents of Upper Freehold Township, the historic village of Allentown Borough, and everyone in the region.
Your opinions matter! The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) wants your comments.
Tell the NJDEP to deny the builder’s application for a wetland’s waiver and flood hazard permit. That will only happen if they hear from YOU.
Click HERE for a template a letter of opposition to the NJDEP. The deadline to submit letters is Thursday, May 11
WRITE A LETTER, SIGN THIS PETITION, AND SHARE https://chng.it/XLwvGSqR4R
Documents below provided by Allentown Borough: