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Lower Swatara gives final OK to D&H warehouses at Jednota site off Rosedale

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 2/26/20

Plans for D&H Distributing’s 745,200-square-foot warehouse on the former Jednota property in Lower Swatara Township were unanimously approved by the Board of Commissioners on Feb. 19. …

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Lower Swatara gives final OK to D&H warehouses at Jednota site off Rosedale

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Plans for D&H Distributing’s 745,200-square-foot warehouse on the former Jednota property in Lower Swatara Township were unanimously approved by the Board of Commissioners on Feb. 19.

In January, project engineer Ron Secary told the township planning commission that D&H had hopes to break ground as soon as possible, perhaps in the summer.

The planning commission unanimously recommended the plans, though the members wanted sidewalks to be extended along the south side of Rosedale Avenue to White House Lane.

The commissioners reiterated the importance of extending the sidewalks.

Lower Swatara has been working on a township-wide recreation plan, part of which include connecting playgrounds in the township, said Commissioner Chris DeHart.

“Rosedale from your site west to White House would be a big improvement,” he said.

Secary said the frontage of this development doesn’t go to White House, and attorney Charles Courtney said they’re working on plans for the land to the south of Rosedale on which D&H has previously expressed an interest in building a second warehouse, which would be leased to a third party until the company needs it.

Courtney said the company wasn’t “anti-sidewalk,” and said it would have conversations about sidewalks early in the process, although he noted that there were areas, such as on a bridge, where there may not be room for sidewalks or a steep grade.

Courtney estimated that those plans may come in the summer.

The 83.29-acre parcel is bordered to the north by the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Airport Connector to the east, and Rosedale Avenue to the south.

The plans for the warehouse include 452 parking space and 118 trailer parking spaces on either side of the building. The plans identified a space to the northwest of the warehouse for more parking, if needed.

There will be two accesses to warehouse from Rosedale, and Secary said the eastern entrance would be for trucks.

As part of road improvements, D&H proposed widening Rosedale to the Airport Connector overpass and beyond the overpass to Meade Avenue. The intersection of Meade and Rosedale will be reconstructed.

The wall and monument of the former owners, the First Catholic Slovak Union, to the north of Rosedale will be preserved.

A transportation impact study reportedly showed that trucks coming from the site would head east on Rosedale to Meade Avenue, down to West Harrisburg Pike and onto the Airport Connector road.

If trucks turn west onto Rosedale, D&H is proposing a truck turnaround off Rosedale.

D&H also suggested forbidding trucks to the west of the site on Rosedale and on White House Lane, and adopting the prohibition as an ordinance.

In an interview, township manager Betsy McBride said she plans to talk with staff to get more information on such an ordinance and whether it is worth pursing.