Creighton Manning Engineering did a traffic study of the area. Alanna Moran, who represents the company, said the distribution center would produce about 60 to 80 trips during peak hours in the morning and evening. All traffic would move through the unsignaled intersection of Becker Drive. Moran said the intersection of Becker Drive, Route 7 and the Interstate 88 ramp, which needs improvements now, would need further improvements if the project goes forward.
Many of the residents expressed concerns about that particular intersection, saying trucks have a hard time turning left, which backs up traffic. Often cars wait through several lights.
Chairman of the Planning Commission Lawrence DiLallo said the board was well aware of the situation.
The distribution center is expected to operate 24 hours a day, six days a week. Many residents were upset about the level of noise that could come from the center, especially from the truck maintenance facility.
Mastracco said the noise may not be an issue during daylight, but he said the EIS didn't report noise levels at 2 a.m. when loud truck sounds are more bothersome.
Paul Golding of Overlook Lane in Princetown said the positive thing about this project was the additional revenue coming into both Rotterdam and Princetown from property taxes. He predicted about $420,000 in revenue for Rotterdam and about $60,000 for Princetown.
The planning commission is accepting written comments about the draft EIS until May 25. The document is available at the library and town hall and can be downloaded from the town's Web site at www.rotterdamny.org. ""