Developer Plans to Build Warehouses on 237 Acres in Uwchlan
Audubon Land Development has submitted plans to build four warehouses along a strip of 237-acre land near the Downingtown Interchange at Route 100, also known as Lionville Station, writes Bill Rettew for The Daily Local News.
A Class “A” distribution center would take up nearly 2 million square feet of farmland with a 1,432-space parking lot and around 300 loading docks.
The northern part of the property was purchased by the Downingtown Area School District in 2006 for $22 million. Now, the pair have entered into a contingency sale agreement for $96.25 million. Jennifer Shealy, director of communications at DASD, said that building a school at the location is not the most efficient way to use taxpayers’ money, since residential growth has risen in the southern and central parts of the district instead. Therefore, it made more sense to sell the property and use the funds to build elsewhere.
Additionally, the township and the builder determine the use of the property, not DASD.
Audubon submitted sketch plans to the Planning Commission on March 1, but it is unclear if the plans will pass or if they need to be revised.
An Audubon representative said they realize the importance of the rural character of the property, yet many nearby residents are opposed to the project.
“The developer obviously has very deep pockets, paying well over market value for the land thus offering the Downingtown Area School District an offer they could not easily refuse,” read a release by SAVE Lionville Station FARM. “We anticipate that existing businesses will be financially impacted by this new landscape and will likely be replaced by businesses that cater to this workforce.”
Read more about this development in The Daily Local News.
March 1 Planning Commission meeting.
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