ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Neighbors of an 87-acre site where a much-maligned truck and rail hub is planned to rise have called on another neighbor to help halt the project – General Motors.
This week, fliers were diseminated throughout the Lafayette Township area where the Allen County Plan Commission rezoned a major tract of land to make way for Crown Enterprises to build a 776,500-square-foot distribution center that could park around 280 trailers. The flier, titled “We are asking General Motors for their help!,” calls for GM to take a stand against the build.
It goes on to suggest to GM, which has said it is neutral in the controversy, that the automaker contact the county commissioners to say it prefers Crown build on a site south of the GM plant in the Stonebridge Business Park rather than on Winters Road, as the plan commission approved. The Allen County commissioners will vote on the rezoning within 90 days.
“The south proposal is the best option for everyone! It has great potential for bringing new auto industry suppliers to Stonebrige (new jobs for Allen County), it protects the neighborhood to the north because truck traffic would use Exit 296 and maintains the zoning precedent that has allowed explosive residential growth north of GM,” the flier reads.
A group has planned a group picture with GM vehicles to be taken Sunday that will be shared with GM, the flier said.
The plan for the hub has drawn the ire of neighbors, who have argued in multiple meetings that such a facility would create truck traffic, and safety would be compromised.
Officials with Crown, though, have said the facility would bring new jobs to the area, and said they are working to control the truck traffic flow through the residential area and off of the GM plant exit.