Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Exeter Property Group is proposing the warehouse in New Kingstown, PA

A plan for a 1.1 million square-foot warehouse has been put on hold Wednesday night as supervisors await a formal list of the developer's offerings as part of the deal, including dedication of land to the township and sizable monetary contributions to a New Kingstown volunteer group's efforts to beautify the neighborhood.

Supervisors and several residents, as well, continue to express concerns about traffic and noise and air pollution that the approximate 200 truck trips each day will bring to the area.

Exeter Property Group is proposing the warehouse at 40 Dauphin Drive in New Kingstown.

A plan for a 176,000-square-foot expansion at its neighboring warehouse was approved by supervisors last month.

Though the items to be warehoused and distributed at the new warehouse have not yet been revealed, project engineer Brian Evans said it will be dry, household items, and not any form of food or hazardous materials.

Supervisors questioned officials for the project on how truck idling rules will be enforced.

Evans said the facility will comply with all Department of Environmental Protection rules, and that they aren't "proposing anything that would be problematic."

In addition to trucks, the warehouse will also be serviced by the nearby railroad. Exeter plans to realign the railroad so only one spur enters both the new warehouse facility and the neighboring Fry Communications facility.

Exeter plans to contribute $150,000 in cash escrow to New Kingstown Vision's design and master plan for a beautification/streetscape project, and also to assist in efforts to minimize the speed limit through town to 25 miles per hour.

They also plan to rehabilitate Dauphin and Fry drives, both private roads, and provide additional street lights in the location.

Plans also include 37 acres of land south of the proposed warehouse and across the railroad tracks, where Exeter would install an approximate nine-acre stormwater detention basin.

The rest of the agricultural land, they said, would be offered to the township for its own use.

Supervisors discussed the possibility of renting the land to a local farmer.

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