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Goodman Birtcher won't resubmit Fairview Township warehouse plans

By - Last modified: November 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM
The warehouse Goodman Birtcher was planning to build in Fairview Township would have looked something like this. The company submitted this illustration in September.
The warehouse Goodman Birtcher was planning to build in Fairview Township would have looked something like this. The company submitted this illustration in September. - (Photo / )

Goodman Birtcher North America, the company proposing more than 3 million square feet of warehousing in Central Pennsylvania, said today it is not resubmitting plans for a warehouse in Fairview Township, York County.

“Our focus is obviously the Carlisle warehouses,” Troy Briggs, Goodman Birtcher’s northeast regional director, said.

The company withdrew its plans in September because the proposed warehouse height intruded on airspace for flight patterns at Capital City Airport. Goodman Birtcher was requesting a conditional use to build the 1-million-square-foot warehouse on Lewisberry Road near Interstate 83 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Briggs said the company would have to resubmit new plans to the Federal Aviation Administration, but it couldn’t give assurances to the property owner that warehouse plans would be ready in the near future.

“Who knows how long something like that will take?” Briggs said about the FAA approvals.

The company is now out of contract with the property owner, Lemoyne-based CCA Associates Inc., Briggs said. The property owner would be free to pursue other commercial development options allowed in the commercial business zone, but he wasn’t aware of any immediate plans.

Goodman Birtcher is still interested in another warehouse somewhere in the area, but when or where it might build is unknown at this time, Briggs said.

The company is continuing to pursue its plans for 2.8 million square feet of warehousing in Cumberland County on Allen Road in Carlisle and Dickinson, South Middleton and West Pennsboro townships.

Dickinson Township’s planning commission has a hearing on the project scheduled for Monday evening. Carlisle will resume its hearings on the project Dec. 12, the borough said.

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan covers Cumberland County, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jimr@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JimTRyanCPBJ.

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