TOWAMENCIN — Road widening at an intersection near an Amazon warehouse in Towamencin is another step closer.
Township officials heard an update Wednesday night on that planned road widening and the timeline for when the work might be done.
"As we started two years ago with our fulfillment center, it was told in our land development (approval) that we had to widen the road," said attorney Darwin Beauvais on behalf of Amazon.
"The issue that we had to deal with was that, in order to widen the road, we had to go onto private property," he said.
In October 2020, the company came back to the township with plans to upgrade the loading and parking areas there, and said at that time they planned to widen the intersection of Gehman and Detwiler Roads to better handle their truck traffic, and needed four rights-of-way, from each corner, to do so.
Further updates in February and April to the board detailed the progress in negotiations for the last right-of-way needed, and Beauvais and Amazon senior manager Dan Fuchs gave an update Wednesday night.
"We have identified the best way to make settlement, and close on those properties. We are scheduled to do that on August 20th," Beauvais said.
"As soon as we close, we'll let the township solicitor know, and we're asking that our TCO be extended to accommodate the construction of the road once we start," he said.
The temporary certificate of occupancy granted in 2019 has been extended several times in recent months and was set to expire July 28 pending an update from the Amazon team. Beauvais told the board that once the closing on the properties is done, Amazon expects the road widening work itself to take roughly 10 to 12 weeks.
Supervisors Chairman Chuck Wilson asked if the Amazon team could present to the board again, likely in early September, to confirm that the work is underway.
"I appreciate you're working on this, but I think this is supposed to be a checkpoint for the right-of-way acquisition being complete. It seems that we're pushed out again" he said.
Township solicitor Jack Dooley added that since the last update, he's been kept informed by the Amazon team of their progress in finalizing signed legal documents with the property owners.
"This is different from where we were before. At that point, they were attempting to get those owners to execute documents agreeing to the transfer. I've seen those documents now," Dooley said.
Wilson then asked for suggestions on when to hear the next update, and supervisor Laura Smith suggested the board's Sept. 22 meeting; Beauvais said the final settlement should be done and construction begun by then.
"We are more than willing to come back to let you know how we're doing," Fuchs said.
The board then voted unanimously to extend the temporary certificate of occupancy again, this time through Sept. 22. The supervisors next meet at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the township administration building, 1090 Troxel Road; for more information visit www.Towamencin.org.