KIRBY'S MILL MEDFORD

Historic Kirby's Mill is near Fostertown and Church roads, about a mile from the proposed warehouse development.

A plan for a 21,000-square-foot warehouse and office building on about five acres of vacant farmland on Fostertown Road goes before the Medford Planning Board on Wednesday.

The project, at Fostertown and Reeves Station roads about a mile north of Kirby's Mill, is the latest proposed development for the stretch of Fostertown Road between Church Road and the Lumberton border. The warehouse would be just south of the Flying W Airport & Resort.

In March, the Planning Board approved a redevelopment plan for the Flying W on Fostertown Road that could replace the airport with 380 housing units, including 90 affordable housing apartments. And, in June, the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved an expansion of the Park View Cemetery & Crematory at Kirby's Mill, which is on Fostertown Road.

The developer of the proposed warehouse at 35 Fostertown Road is Camp EFS LLC and Earl Stahl, who is president of the Medford Cemetery Association Inc., the nonprofit that operates the Park View Cemetery. Several zoning variances and waivers are sought in the Planning Board application.

Several neighbors objected to the residential development at the Flying W on the two-lane Fostertown Road when it was before the Planning Board.

Owners of Fox Hunt Farm on Fostertown Road, just over the border in Lumberton and neighboring the proposed residential development, expressed concerns about traffic in an interview earlier this year with 70and73.com.  

Private pilots who rent hangar space at the Flying W also told 70and73.com that the airport is not as run-down as the Township redevelopment plan suggested. They maintained the airport still works well for pilots and wondered where they would house their aircraft in the future if the Flying W shuts down.