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South Middleton to consider Goodman Birtcher warehouse plan

The South Middleton Township supervisors are expected to consider and possibly vote on a series of conditions Thursday night that will be attached to the recently approved conditional use permit for a 2-million-square-foot warehouse proposed by logistics property company Goodman Birtcher, township Supervisor Tom Faley said Thursday.

The proposed logistics center, which is located off of Allen Road and straddles Dickinson Township, the Borough of Carlisle, and South Middleton Township, has faced local opposition throughout the approval process.

Attorneys for Goodman Birtcher and local attorney Nathan Wolf, who has acted on behalf of warehouse opponents, together developed most of the conditions, Faley said. That should improve the odds of winning approval from supervisors.

“Working together – that’s an unusual situation,” he said. “I’m glad it’s working out this way.”

Faley said he would not be certain of the details of the proposed conditions until they are presented at tonight’s meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. at the South Middleton Township Municipal Building at 520 Park Drive. 

RELATED: Dickinson Township OKs zoning change for Goodman Birtcher warehouses

The supervisors unanimously approved the conditional use plan at a June 11 meeting with the understanding that conditions were still to be determined. Goodman Birtcher must still create a preliminary land development plan and a final land development plan before the township’s planning process will be complete, Faley said.

“(The conditional use plan) is only the first door, but it’s a big door,” he said.

The land on which Goodman Birtcher plans to build in South Middleton Township is already zoned for industrial use, unlike its land in Dickinson Township, for which the company received a zoning change after a series of contentious meetings.

Goodman Birtcher has said the logistics center will ultimately create 900 jobs, 80 percent of which will be permanent. 

Daniel Walmer

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