Decision expected about Dauphin County crematory

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) — After months of controversy and debate, a decision is expected Tuesday about whether a crematory will operate in a Dauphin County neighborhood.

The crematory was originally approved in June 2015 but months of heated arguments and an appeal followed.

Travis Finkenbinder, owner of Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home, says cremations are now 50% of his business and having his own crematory makes sense.

The proposed crematory would operate in a converted garage in the funeral home parking lot on North Union Street.

If approved, Finkenbinder anticipates three to four cremations a week and says there would be no environmental impact.

But opponents argue the original approval was rushed and appealed the decision. They say a crematory in a residential neighborhood would decrease property values and emit toxins.

The zoning board’s decision is expected tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Middletown Borough Hall.

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