AMAZON CANCELS PLAN FOR WAREHOUSE IN CHURCHILL AND RESIDENTS REJOICE
New articles have been posted.
Together, there are roughly 1,000 pages of research with links substantiating all of the claims we make in our summaries.
You can also find them in the Discussions tab above or by clicking the links below:
Amazon Pulls The Plug on Churchill Site
“Last week, Amazon announced it was pulling out of its proposed warehouse project at Churchill’s former George Westinghouse Research and Technology Park. In a press release, Amazon said it has decided not to pursue building at the site which is located off the Churchill exit off the Parkway East. Amazon has currently not offered any explanation for why the project is not moving forward in Churchill.” Read more here.
Preserving Historical Westinghouse
Anthony Paletta interviewed many residents and former employees of Westinghouse in researching his article. It is a valuable and interesting read for all residents of Churchill Borough in understanding the special connection of Westinghouse to the surrounding neighborhoods.
I would also suggest a subscription to Metropolis as its reporters address many unique subjects. I did for many years. Click on the link to read the full article on their website, and to explore the projects and profiles it provides.
Obviously, it is based around architecture and design, but the tangents are fascinating for anyone who is curious.
Amazon’s Dark Secret
Wired Magazine provide interesting insights from diverse writers on tech related subjects. I highly recommend subscribing. Currently it is the only magazine I read cover to cover. The blind faith we have given to Amazon for its convenience is now showing serious cracks that should be well understood. Although we concentrate on Amazon the same technology is being applied by Walmart and the other super large companies who have all adapted the Amazon model.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ
Here is an article that I emailed to Alex so that he could relay it to each of the council members. It is one of hundreds on this site about the effect of distribution centers on residential communities.
We put it into a word document so that you can easily read it or print it out if desired.
As with all the other research on this site, we give specific locations of resources so that those interested can build on what was done in the past.
If you find recent articles relevant to either the Hillwood/Amazon challenge, or in how we can best support development of the R&D property without destroying the borough, send it to us so we can make it available to everyone.
No matter which way the vote happens, all of us will need to commit to long term involvement to find a commercially viable use for the property in line with desires of the community. It is an asset that needs to be correctly developed.
A small group of us have already committed to long term involvement.
So you can be sure that the Churchill Future group will continue to be active well into the future.
Murray Bilby’s Testimony During Council Meeting
Faulty data creates monumental decision mistakes
August 31, 2021
Comments read at Churchill Council meeting 9-13-2021
Open letter to Churchill Borough Residents
Regarding the Churchill Creek Project Land Development
ADDENDUM: March 12, 2021
Hillwood has returned to its original plan and documents submitted to the borough last spring with a 630,000 sf footprint, but it still exactly the same in all other aspects. So rather than the entire Monroeville mall, it drops the movie theater. Or to have another comparison, it is still larger than the entire Parkway East in Wilkins, and a single building higher than all those separated buildings. You will find other bits of useful information in the supplemental articles being published on this site. You will find the latest Hillwood PowerPoint and comments outlining some of the misleading information being presented to the public. You can explore it in detail to verify for yourself the misinformation being disseminated about this project. The consequences will be left to you and the borough long after Hillwood sells the property and moves on.
January 27, 2021
By Murray Bilby
2424 Churchill Road
First, I recommend that all residents go to the borough web site and become familiar with all the useful information available. This is your community, you decided to invest a substantial sum in purchasing and maintaining your residence. If you want to keep the ambiance that first brought you here, you must take action. Read about what is going on in the community or go to the municipal building meetings. Much of the support material related to what follows can be found there. But you need to take the initiative to read and understand it.
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You, as a resident of Churchill Borough, should decide what is most important to you and your family. Then develop expertise on those one or two issues and convey your thoughts to the Planning Commission and Borough Council members. Keep Mayor Paul G. Gamrat and Borough Manager Alex Graziani, Borough Manager informed. Email addresses can be found on the borough site: http://www.churchillborough.com/.
There is also a tab above for all of the contact information you will need.
There is no single source of all the information, so there will certainly be areas yet to discuss and consider. The more involved I became in this project, and the more I learned, the initial ideas and assumptions had to be modified as the details became clearer. Do not allow any single statement or fact to distract you from observing the big picture.
This project is moving at a high velocity so time is short in order to act. This proposal almost makes the fracking proposal seem like a good deal.
On the Borough’s home page, you’ll find easy-to-understand links to borough meeting notes. You also have the option to see a video of who is discussing what at borough meetings.
Second, this is an alert with questions on the project and how it is being ushered through the process with incomplete and misleading data.
Consequently, I hope that individuals will identify areas of personal interest and explore them in more depth.
Don’t try to imagine what is taking place. And don’t assume anything. Verify everything and get the facts.
Look at the Westinghouse hill from all angles – as it is today and as it will be if this project goes through. Consider old Beulah Road. Eliminate the trees that hide the buildings – they will be gone. Triple the height of the building. Picture it closer to within 100 feet of Beulah. Picture the 50-foot retaining wall. What do you see? Imagine yourself driving north on Beulah to get on the westbound ramp. Imagine coming off of 22 to the top of the hill, or the parkway west exit. Think about walking into your back yard at night and trying to see the stars.
At the end of this document, you will also find many links to outside sources relevant to distribution centers and their development with comments from local municipalities. You should compare those comments and complaints with the current situation.
Please read more here: https://www.churchillfuture.com/letter-2/