SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. – More than a year after initial plans were formulated, a New York City industrial real estate developer secured the final approvals from South Whitehall Township's Board of Commissioners on Wednesday.
The approvals were delayed this spring due to drainage issues spotted by the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
On a land parcel owned by Fred Jaindl located at 4741 Chapmans Road bordered by Route 309 and the PA Turnpike, industrial realtor Griffin Industrial Realty of New York City will build a 102,250 square-foot flex warehouse. The planned size of the warehouse was reduced this spring from 156,000 square feet.
Michael Gamzon, Griffin Industrial Realty president and CEO, said the warehouse's size reduction was attributed to a drainage swell on the property that feeds into nearby wetlands designated not to be disturbed.
He noted the drainage issue was discovered last spring by DEP. He said DEP required the size alteration on the warehouse as the swell could not be redirected because it eventually flowed into nearby wetlands.
The size change also affords a larger truck staging area, more overall parking and interior truck driveways for the potential tenant, according to public hearing testimony on the plan. Testimony also indicated no tenant has been secured for the site.
As per township documents, the plan was determined to be compliant with township zoning regulations, and therefore no zoning hearing board action was necessary.
Route 309 is expected to be the primary route for truck access to the site. According to official traffic studies, the new warehouse will result in 41 round trip truck passes daily both in and out of the property.
Finally, five adjacent residences and three commercial properties will be offered township connections to water and sewer lines to be paid for by the developer. The developer will also will be responsible for the disconnection of private well and septic systems for the neighbors who also have the option to retain their current utility infrastructure.