Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Save the Barns!
The above photos depict the now defunct Romig farm along Route 100 in Lower Macungie Township. Jaindl Land Company bought the 107 acre farm and flipped 93 acres to the East Penn School District for 7.4 million dollars in 2007. Jaindl kept 14 acres and acquired the surrounding area.
In 2010, the area was rezoned pursuant to the Understanding between Jaindl and Lower Macungie, which came after Jaindl threatened to build a quarry elsewhere in the Township. That's how those in the development business say F.U. Township!
The farm is part of the proposed Spring Creek Properties Subdivision, which includes a proposed 4,000,000 sq.ft. warehouse, a 443,000 sq. ft. shopping center, a convenience market with 16 gas pumps, a 7000 sq. ft. high turnover restaurant and 692 residential units. Sauerkraut lane will be extended from Quarry Rd to a cul-de-sac for local traffic.
Some, like our own Supervisor Justin Smith, likely call this development progress, but I say, one can't move forward without remembering our past. The Pennsylvania State House agrees, It recognized these historic buildings as one of the most enduring icons of Pennsylvania's agrarian and rural landscape.
This farm was once a picturesque jewel, a landmark in the Lower Macungie Valley. The barn, with its unique architecture, deserves to be saved. Once gone, it will be gone forever. Let's save it and our farmland too!