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2 warehouses get final approval for Londonderry Township’s eastern side, at 1.8 million square feet

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 6/24/20

The Londonderry Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved plans June 16 for two warehouses totaling about 1.8 million square feet on the eastern edge of the township.

The plans were …

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2 warehouses get final approval for Londonderry Township’s eastern side, at 1.8 million square feet

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The Londonderry Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved plans June 16 for two warehouses totaling about 1.8 million square feet on the eastern edge of the township.

The plans were submitted by Vision Group Ventures of Elizabethtown. Supervisors approved a conditional use application in February.

The land is bordered by Route 230 and Hoffer Road, along the Conewago Township border near Ed’s Landscaping. The main access to the warehouses would be off Route 230 with an emergency access on Hoffer Road.

“We’ve been working on creating a tax base in the 230 corridor and trying to find partners to solve some of the issues we’ve had with infrastructure for over a decade. This is really a good step for our community that this board has taken. I just want to thank everyone for their patience as we worked through the process and for your guidance,” said Township Manager Steve Letavic.

The plans went before the township planning commission June 15 and the supervisors June 16. One warehouse to the north will be 1,085,275 square feet, and the smaller warehouse to the south will be 698,880 square feet.

“We will work really, really hard to be a great neighbor,” said Jeffery Camp, Vision Group Ventures co-managing director.

“We look forward to that relationship very much,” said Supervisors Chairman Mike Geyer.

During the planning commission meeting June 15, some of its members expressed concerns about the amount of traffic being added by the project.

There will be a total of 808 employee parking spaces, and it’s anticipated that there will be three shifts. Vision doesn’t know what companies will occupy the warehouses at the moment, however.

“Anticipating more than 700 employees through three shifts is quite a number of vehicle trips,” said Planning Commission member Bruce Grossman on June 15.

Traffic engineer Craig Mellott said they are anticipating 570 trips per day based on Pennsylvania Department of Transportation standards.

Vision, along with Core5 Industrial Partners, have plans to build warehouses at four sites in the township along Route 230. Both have pledged a combined $15 million to bring public sewer to the highway and to their developments.

Vision also gave the township $500,000 for it to use for whatever it wants and $50,000 for three years for improvements to the township parks and programs.

While some of the land crosses over the boundaries of neighboring municipalities, all of the development will be in Londonderry.

“Every shovel that goes in the ground will be on the Londonderry side of the township, and none of it will be in Conewago Township or West Donegal or Mount Joy townships,” said David J. Tshudy, a lawyer representing Vision Group Ventures.

As part of the project, Vision plans to change two intersections: Route 230 and Deodate Road and Route 230 and Linden Avenue in Elizabethtown, which turns into Highway 743.

Mellott said at Deodate and Route 230, there’s a higher number of crashes than there should be in its configuration and the amount of traffic, regardless of the warehouse project. Vision would pay for a signal there, he said.

At the intersection of Linden and 230, Vision will improve the intersection to help trucks turn more easily.

As part of other improvements, Mellott said Route 230 would be widened to accommodate left and right turn lanes into the site. There will be a stop sign for vehicles leaving the site.

“I’m thinking 500 — it’s a lot more vehicles added to that road,” said commission member Adam Kopp. “I’ve already been there at 743 at the Elizabethtown turn and it’s backed up past the turning lane with Amazon vans. So what’s going to happen when we have multiple tractor-trailers turning there? Those turning lanes are way too short for multiple tractor trailers per hour.”