Perth Amboy is an environmental justice community. Environmental justice community is one where multiple factors, including both environmental and socioeconomic stressors, act cumulatively to affect health and the environment and contribute to persistent environmental health disparities. For the public good, Perth Amboy needs to stop overdevelopment of warehouses that would make conditions worse here.
Perth Amboy was already overburdened with environmental stressors before the warehouse boom. To date we have alot of warehouses. Why would this be our only development strategy when it has such a high negative impact? It lacks vision, especially for the use of our waterfront. It is of real concern that a new massive 800,000 sq ft warehouse project, more than double the size of Home Dept warehouse, is being proposed on State St near Harbortown that would have a huge negative impact. It should not be built. The huge warehouse is a negative to our community due to its impact on our air quality and public health, because of its negative impact on existing neighborhood traffic and its increase in truck traffic, damage to roads and a negative to the neighborhood through difficulty accessing the entrance/exit to town. It does not add value to the city, it takes it away. It is not a use of a waterfront property that showcases the potential value of that asset and is not what the community wants. We already have warehouses, it cant be our only development plan.
The public has voiced many times that they do not want development that has a high impact on our our air quality and health and we want use of the waterfront that fully utilizes the potential of the property to produce a positive benefit for the community to revitalize. PARA should have recognized that the community wants positive opportunities to develop on the waterfront and and not place warehouses on the waterfront, like at the Home Depot site. We want increased access and use of the waterfront that showcases our city as a great place to live, work and recreate. We dont want giant warehouses that will produce more damage to our roads, more traffic, more trucks, more health problems, more environmental problems and more negatives to our quality of life. Perth Amboy residents deserve a high quality of life not overburdened with overdevelopment. We deserve a high quality of life and projects that take into account protections for our health.
Residents took to social media to express how they oppose this warehouse. One resident said, “we should be building area for people to visit, eat and play along our waterfront not warehouses!”Another said “it is ridiculous! We are wasting prime real estate on warehouses! This town could be beautiful again!” Another said “The roads are already ruined by these tractor trailers. The warehouse doesn’t maintain the roads. And why the waterfront?” Another said “That’s just going to ruin the waterfront and make it uglier and dirtier than it was before! The city put in work to fix it up. And the added pollution! And all the extra traffic!” Another said “More trucks driving around and through the city”