Cranbury Township Weighs Security and Visibility for Volkswagen Warehouse

In a recent Cranbury Township Committee meeting, the most significant topic was the application by Volkswagen Group of America for the installation of a security fence at its Warehouse Distribution Center on Station Road. This initiative was driven by concerns over the value of inventory and past theft incidents, prompting Volkswagen to seek minor site plan approval. The committee scrutinized the proposal, focusing on security enhancements while addressing potential impacts on emergency access and the visibility from the road and adjacent lake.

Aaron Rudy, representing Volkswagen, initiated the discussion by emphasizing the necessity of the fence to prevent theft, a recurring issue for the warehouse. He assured the committee that similar security measures were already in place at neighboring properties. Clifton Quay, the engineer, provided an overview of the site, pointing out that the proposed fencing would be accompanied by robust landscaping to ensure it would not disrupt the aesthetic of the surrounding area.

The debate delved into the specifics of the fencing plan, which was designed to secure the area where trailers are parked and the loading and unloading activities take place. Committee members inquired about the alignment of the fence and its visibility, particularly concerning the view from the street and the lake. They examined photographs to assess the current condition of existing gates and discussed the new fencing’s material and security features. Notably, the addition of barbed wire and the use of galvanized chain link were considered for enhancing security.

Questions were raised about the impact of the new fencing on the need for additional lighting and landscaping and how it would fit with the site’s topography. The committee was concerned with maintaining clear access for the fire department and ensuring that emergency services would not be hindered by the new security measures. They sought clarification on the presence of a man gate for emergency exits and discussed potential obstructions to fire trucks accessing the hydrants within the secured perimeter.

The proposal also included plans to improve existing gates and the potential impact on existing infrastructure.

Moreover, the discussion recognized the importance of expedited approval for the fence installation. The committee members and professionals engaged in a review of the proposal, considering all aspects of the installation’s impact on security, visibility, and emergency access.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Eman El-Badawi
City Council Officials:
Lisa Knierim, Michael J. Ferrante, Barbara F. Rogers, PhD, Matthew A. Scott

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