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Hearing is Feb. 19 on warehouse plans for eastern edge of Londonderry Township

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 2/11/20

The ball is rolling for the construction of two warehouses on the eastern edge of Londonderry Township.

Vision Group Ventures, which is headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, plans to build two …

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Hearing is Feb. 19 on warehouse plans for eastern edge of Londonderry Township

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The ball is rolling for the construction of two warehouses on the eastern edge of Londonderry Township.

Vision Group Ventures, which is headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, plans to build two warehouses totaling about 1.8 million square feet on a tract bordered by Route 230 and Hoffer Road, right along the Conewago Township border near Ed’s Landscaping.

Jeffery Camp, Vision Group Ventures’ co-managing director, said the company hoped to start construction in the latter part of the fall or March 2021.

There will be a public hearing on Vision Group Venture’s application for a conditional use approval to construct a logistics facility at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the township municipal building at 783 South Geyers Church Road.

The warehouses will be leased to a third party, and who will lease it will depend on who is in the market for space, he said.

Camp said the company develops warehouse, office and retail space, and owns about 1.5 million square feet of mostly office space in central Pennsylvania.

According to Vision’s website, in Pennsylvania, the company has developed properties in Lemoyne, Philadelphia, Chester County, Bucks County, Lickdale, Camp Hill, Williamsport, Norristown, Plymouth Meeting and Harrisburg, including the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s South Central Regional Office and five other office buildings.

Camp said there were several reasons why Vision selected Londonderry.

“Labor market and proximity to 283, and the FedEx and to-be built UPS facility up the road” in Lower Swatara, he said.

In the fall of 2019, Londonderry supervisors expanded the C-2 commercial district to allow uses such as warehouses and distribution facilities.

The 128.56-acre tract that Vision intends to develop is in the C-2 district. The total land involved is 223.16 acres.

Vision submitted a conditional use application, which was recommended by the township planning commission during its Jan. 21 meeting, according to township zoning/code officer Jeff Burkhart.

According to the application, Vision plans to build two warehouses.

The warehouse located on the northern part of the tract would be 1,085,275 square feet. There would be two 10,000-square-foot offices in the southern corners of the warehouses.

The plan calls for 491 total parking spaces to the east and west of the warehouse. To the south would be 145 trailer parking spaces with 102 loading docks, and to the north of the warehouse would be 150 trailer parking spaces and 108 loading docks.

The southern warehouse is planned to be 698,880 square feet with two 10,000-square-foot office spaces in the northeast and southwest corners of the building.

Plans request 158 parking spaces to the west and 159 parking spaces to the east. To the south of the warehouse, there would be 96 trailer parking spaces with 66 loading docks, and 110 trailer parking spaces to the north with 66 loading docks.

“They’re designed for today’s standards for the warehouse market,” Camp said.

Access to the warehouse would be off Route 230, although Vision is also requesting an emergency access off Hoffer Road.