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Plans for distribution centers undergo hearings in Maxatawny Township

A pair of warehouse projects in Maxatawny Township will continue with conditional use hearings as developers aim to prove their plans meet the township’s rules for land use.

Plans for a distribution center on 281 acres along Hottenstein Road have been resurrected under a new developer, and another project proposing 1.3 million square feet of warehouse space on Hilltop Road is undergoing a conditional use hearing, according to township officials.

One plan for a 1.6 million-square-foot distribution center along Hottenstein Road has been proposed anew under developer 222 Capital Partners LLC.

Those plans were originally put forth by Duke Realty, which was acquired by San Francisco-based real estate investment firm Prologis in October 2022.

They featured a 1-million-square-foot warehouse and a 660,000-square-foot warehouse north of Route 222, with Hottenstein Road running between them.

Plans for the site were initially approved in June 2021, but that approval was overturned by the state Commonwealth Court in April 2023 after an appeal by a residents group opposing the warehouse.

Prologis withdrew its plans in January.

The newly proposed project still calls for two warehouses on the site, according to Christopher Muvdi, township solicitor.

“To my knowledge the dimensions (of the warehouses) have stayed the same,” Muvdi said of the new plans.

He said he is unaware of any connection between Prologis and 222 Capital Partners LLC.

The next hearing on the 222 Capital Partners plan is scheduled for May 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the township building.

A conditional use hearing for the 222 Capital Partners project commenced last week, with multiple residents registering as parties to the proceedings.

Another conditional use hearing for another large distribution center near 310 Hilltop Road was rescheduled after developers requested a continuance due to a scheduling conflict, Muvdi said.

He said developers 23 Max LLC of Allentown are seeking to consolidate and subdivide three lots totaling 128 acres and to construct two warehouses of 1,019,310 square feet and 270,000 square feet.

That hearing will continue April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the township building.

Source: Berkshire mont

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