MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) — Owners of a Middletown funeral home can move forward with plans to construct a crematory within the borough.
On Tuesday, The Middletown Zoning Hearing Board denied a months long appeal by opponents of the proposed facility, which would be constructed on the property owned by Fager-Finkenbiner Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. located in the 200 block of North Union Street. In a procedural vote, two members of the board split their decisions 1-1, which upheld the original permit approval.
The group Middletown Citizens Awareness Network argued that a former borough manager fast-tracked zoning permits for the crematory without giving proper notice to a potentially concerned public, and claimed the crematory did not meet the requirements of an accessory use to the existing property. Fager-Finkenbinder plans to construct the crematory in a former garage building that has been converted to an office and merchandise space.
“We are very disappointed with this decision,” said Gene Stilp, a spokesperson for Middletown Citizens Awareness Network. “This procedural vote will be appealed to the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. The fight against this crematory will continue.”
According to funeral home owner Travis Finkenbinder, construction of the crematory is still contingent on obtaining proper building and environmental permits.
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