There is plenty of buildable commercial land in Lebanon County available, and county officials are happy to show it.
The Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corp. recently organized a bus tour for developers, county officials and business representatives to get a first-hand peek at the properties.
Here are some property highlights from the tour of about 25 available sites:
Property: Lebanon Valley Distribution Center
Location: Along the westbound lanes of Route 22, Bethel Township
What’s there now: Empty lots
Lot size: Three lots totaling about 140 acres
Zoned: Highway industrial
The good: The crown jewel of the property is a proposed 1.1-million-square-foot distribution facility on 109 acres that is “shovel ready,” according to Jason Webb, vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle in Lower Allen Township. The building plan has township and state approvals, including a highway occupancy permit, and is ready to be built with spaces for 340 trailers and more than 1,000 cars. The site is a one of three finalists for a company seeking to move there and bring about 1,200 jobs, according to property officials. Even if it sells, the distribution center has two adjacent lots — a 12.8-acre lot and a lot of more than 19 acres that includes a proposed 202,500-square-foot distribution facility. The facility is on Route 22, with four-lane highway access to Interstate 78.
The drawbacks: It’s been on the market for three years, Webb said, with “steady and significant” interest, but hasn’t sold yet. “Sometimes, the locations aren’t a fit for everybody, but we think it’s a strong fit for a wide swath of tenant,” he said. The smaller, adjacent lots do not have local or state approvals for building plans yet.
Price: Negotiable, according to Webb.