Big ideas keep turning into big buildings along the I-78 corridor in Berks County, as another warehouse is in the works.
Dermody Properties showed 69 News on Thursday the progress being made on the LogistiCenter at Midway South warehouse in Bethel Township. It's the latest in what's been a warehouse boom.
"This building could accommodate two tenants. We do expect a single user to end up ultimately occupying the space," said Nicole Howard of Derody Properties. "Labor is really strong in Berks County, and that's something that's very important to our tenants and customer base."
This cavernous warehouse measures more than 300,000 square feet and sits rights next to the recently-built Dieffenbach's Potato Chip warehouse on Old Route 22. It also sits right across the street from a more than one-million-square-foot warehouse that was once owned by Dermody.
Samsung, Dollar General and PetSmart are some of the companies that lease warehouse space in Berks. New jobs and revenue have been seen, but some in Bethel said they despise the idea of more truck traffic. They said I-78 is already inundated with trucks. Others, though, said they are willing to put up with it.
"It doesn't matter whether you have these big buildings here or not, I think it's great, because it generates revenue," said Robert Delnero, a truck driver of 40 years.
"We want business. We want jobs, so we have to put with the results," said Bethel resident Harry Fidler.
Officials said LogistiCenter at Midway South will be completed by the end of the year.