locally owned since 1854

Lower Swatara Township should get UPS hub plan this summer

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 4/18/18

Lower Swatara Township will receive a land development plan for a 935,000-square foot UPS regional distribution hub this summer.

During a board of commissioners meeting April 4, township engineer …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Lower Swatara Township should get UPS hub plan this summer

Posted

Lower Swatara Township will receive a land development plan for a 935,000-square foot UPS regional distribution hub this summer.

During a board of commissioners meeting April 4, township engineer Erin Letavic said a meeting was held with UPS representatives earlier that week.

“The most significant portion of that discussion, to me at least, was related to their schedule,” Letavic said. “We’re anticipating a land development plan submittal sometime this summer. So, it’s not happening this spring, yet. But it was nice to hear a time frame when we can expect that plan to come in.”

In October 2017, the board approved a zoning change that would allow UPS to build the hub.

During its initial presentations, UPS officials budgeted a total of $417 million for the project including $210 million for construction and land, $187 million for a fully automated sortation system, and $20 million for infrastructure improvements such as traffic concerns or road or utility improvements.

Ovidio Irizarry Jr., the project engineer staff manager for the UPS East Region, said that UPS is working on land development drawings and a PennDOT scoping application.

“It will be some time midsummer when we submit” the land development plan, Irizarry said.

In the past, UPS’ officials said they hoped to break ground on the project in fall 2018 or spring 2019.

According to interim manager Frank Lynch, once the plans are submitted, they will be reviewed by the engineer and township staff to make sure they meet the subdivision and land development ordinance and municipal planning code. This process, Lynch said, will take at least a month or two.

Then the plan will go to the planning commission, and with its approval to the Board of Commissioners for approval or modification.