At a hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment on August 25th, Amuneal Manufacturing’s request as described below was granted.
APPLICATION FOR METAL AND WOOD MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AND EQUIPMENT TO INCLUDE CUTTING, DRILLING, FORMING, WELDING AND FINISHING OF METAL COMPONENTS AS WELL AS MILLING, SANDING, GLUING, ASSEMBLY AND FINISHING OF WOOD COMPONENTS AND A SPRAY PAINT BOOTH FOR COATING FABRICATED METAL PARTS (INTENSIVE INDUSTRIAL) IN AN EXISTING STRUCTURE.
The issue was on the agenda at the most recent NAC zoning meeting where local residents attending opposed the request based on traffic congestion and environmental risks.
Representatives from the Frankford Civic and Northwood Civic Associations attended the ZBA hearing in support of the request citing that the need for jobs in Frankford is more important than any other issues.
Frankford’s Amuneal Manufacturing Corp. was denied community support for their application for a spray paint booth at their new facility at 4243 Torresdale Avenue at the NAC meeting on August 13th. They have had to expand their facility beyond their two existing buildings on Paul and Darragh Streets. The company had to go to zoning for a Special Exception for the spray paint process. Their other manufacturing uses are permitted under the present zoning code.
4243 Torresdale Avenue (photo from Google maps)
Residents cited concerns about the health hazards of the process and traffic backups caused by deliveries to the facility. Amuneal countered that they are fully compliant with OSHA standards and have an outstanding safety record. The traffic issue is projected to be minimal since their deliveries are primarily in shorter length trucks than the 53 footers that have caused problems with other tenants of the building in the past. The spray paint booth is presently in use at their other location and is not a new process. It has not caused any problems in the past. They need to move it to the new building for the sake of efficiency and that will allow increased production and will result in more jobs.
Residents questioned how many employees are from Frankford now. The company says they do employ Frankford residents when they meet the qualifications for the job. One resident spoke up a the meeting noting that if everyone complains that there are no good businesses in Frankford and if we continue to oppose those that we have now, there will be fewer in the future.
Other cases at the meeting were an application to legalize the duplex at 1627 Wakeling Street. That application was supported.
In another case, the owner of R&B Custom Auto Body at 2007-13 Kinsey Street was seeking a variance for an existing spray paint booth. Local residents did not support the application citing traffic issues with the business.
A case that had been continued for 1301 Fillmore Street at last month’s meting was continued once again.
The next meeting of the Frankford NAC will be on September 10th at 7 PM at Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.
Talking Small Biz: Frankford firm builds reputation with custom retail fixtures
From the Daily News on Friday, January 25th, Adam Kamens, the CEO of Amuneal Manufacturing Corp. in a Q and A on his Frankford Company:
Q: And still in Frankford?
A: Taxes are secondary to the benefits of being here. We need a certain amount of grit, which we won’t get in a suburban industrial park.
We certainly can’t argue with that. Read the entire story at this link. Say thanks to Amuneal for sticking with Frankford and our grit.