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Palmer Twp. board approves land development plan

PALMER TWP., Pa. - During Tuesday night's meeting, the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors approved a preliminary/final land development plan that will result in the construction of the largest building in the township .

The vote was 3-0.

The 1.1 million square foot warehouse and distribution building will be built as part of the new Chrin Commerce Center industrial park north of Main Street and west of Van Buren Road, nestled in the north end of the township.

The development has been spurred in large part by the construction of a $40 million Route 33 interchange.

"This will be by far the biggest building in the township," said president David Colver. "...It's right there off the interchange."

Officials from Verus Partners were in attendance Tuesday night.

Verus is planning a $150 million development in the area and during a discussion with supervisors, maintained they have no tenant yet for the facility, which could hold up to 180 docks for trucks, and would operate 24 hours, seven days a week. 

The approval was granted, subject to meeting various zoning conditions.

Prior to this vote, supervisors approved a preliminary/final subdivision plan in the northwest quadrant of the Chrin Commerce Center by the same 3-0 margin.

The five-lot subdivision approval was also granted with various zoning conditions. 

In other business Tuesday night, the board approved a site plan for the redevelopment of a building that currently houses a Rita's Italian Water Ice off William Penn Highway.

The design of the parking lot will be refurbished after Colver said that a tree and island in the plan could be eliminated.

The building, currently housing Rita's, would be rented out to another business, perhaps a contractor.

Supervisors Ann-Marie Panella and Jeffrey Young were absent.

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