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Goodman Birtcher withdraws Fairview Township warehouse plan -- for now

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California-based Goodman Birtcher North America has withdrawn its conditional use application to build a warehouse in York County after Capital City Airport had concerns about the proposed height and airport approach safety, according to a letter to Fairview Township.

Goodman Birtcher was proposing a 1-million-square-foot warehouse off Lewisberry Road near Interstate 83 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The plan faced strong opposition from Fairview Township residents.

Harrisburg law firm McNees Wallace & Nurick, representing Goodman Birtcher, sent a letter to Fairview Township withdrawing the conditional use application until the plans are altered to better meet airport safety concerns. The township posted the letter on its website today.

“Based upon additional information that we received from the Airport Authority after the last hearing, it has been determined that the site elevation must be further lowered,” the letter says. “Goodman Birtcher agrees that this change is appropriate and believes that it is feasible to do so; however, lowering the site elevation will alter the layout of the site that is depicted in the pending conditional use application.”

Capital City Airport is owned and operated by the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, which also operates Harrisburg International Airport. Officials there were not immediately available to comment.

The letter said it would be wasteful for the conditional use hearing to continue, then need to have another hearing after the plans were altered for the reduced height. The township had planned for hearings to continue this evening.

Goodman Birtcher also is planning 2.8 million square feet of warehouses near Carlisle.

Company officials did not immediately return calls for comment.

Goodman Birtcher is the North American subsidiary of Australia-based real estate investment trust The Goodman Group.

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