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Jednota rezoning hearing is Feb. 20; D&H wants warehouses at 300-acre Lower Swatara location

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 1/16/19

The Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing about the potential rezoning of most of the Jednota property that would help …

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Jednota rezoning hearing is Feb. 20; D&H wants warehouses at 300-acre Lower Swatara location

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By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

The Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing about the potential rezoning of most of the Jednota property that would help clear the way for D&H Distributing to build two warehouses.

The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the township building at 1499 Spring Garden Drive.

D&H Distributing is proposing to build two distribution facilities on the 300-acre Jednota property along Rosedale Avenue, which is owned by the First Catholic Slovak Union.

D&H plans to purchase 275.87 acres to the west of the Airport Connector Road and north and south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

One D&H hub would be 655,200 square feet and located to the north of Rosedale. The second hub would be located to the south, and could be either 400,000 or 551,000 square feet depending on whether the company retains an office building on the site. The second hub would be leased to a third party until D&H needs it.

D&H is a technology distributor based in Harrisburg with more than $4 billion in revenue in 2018, and their Mid-Atlantic distribution hub is located on Katie Court. At the Lower Swatara Planning Commission meeting in December, D&H Co-President Michael Schwab said the company has outgrown its Katie Court hub.

D&H wants to rezone land south of the turnpike to industrial park from residential urban and industrial park limited land. The land is currently a mix of zoning — residential urban, industrial park limited and office park.

Additionally, 73.17 acres to the north of the turnpike — which D&H is not proposing to develop as part of this project — would remain zoned residential urban. Also, about 50 acres on the west side of the property would remain zoned office park and residential urban.

The planning commission recommended for approval the amendment to the commissioners at its meeting Dec. 20. Only three residents attended the December planning commission meeting, and no one spoke, said Township Planning and Zoning Coordinator Ann Hursh.