Battles between concerned residents and warehouse developers have become increasingly common all over the country. And in New Jersey, so many opponents of a proposed distribution hub packed a hearing that the session is being rescheduled.
The concern over Russo Development’s 2.1 million-square-foot project, slated for a roughly 160-acre site along Route 322 in Gloucester County — a rural area not far from Philadelphia — has been brewing and making area headlines for several weeks now. The Casella Farms Homeowners Association, representing those who live in a residential complex adjacent to the proposed industrial property, have already filed suit against Harrison Mayor Lou Manzo and the Township Committee to stop the project. Manzo didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday.
The flare-up is new, but this type of standoff has occurred again and again as real estate developers seek out space to build the distribution centers that help fulfill ever-increasing online orders to consumers. Some towns in places such as California have put temporary building moratoriums in place.
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