Prepared by Ed Franco , Citizen’s Group firstname.lastname@example.org
Method: A comprehensive spreadsheet of warehouses and distribution centers was created using real estate advertisements, tax records, and google earth. In some situations a site visit was used to confirm the construction or occupancy of specific warehouses.
Warehouses in the following western Cumberland County townships were selected:
North Middleton Township; South Middleton Township; Carlisle Borough third and fourth annex ; Dickinson Township; West Pennsboro Township; and Penn Township. A summary of the data is below, and the complete spread sheet is available upon request. Click here for a detailed map of Cumberland County warehouses.
Results: As of 1/15/2017 the following data is believed to be accurate and correct.
Constructed and Occupied
There are 21,422,803 sq. feet of occupied warehouse and distribution space in the above 5 townships and western Carlisle Borough.
Constructed and Vacant
Within the immediate vicinity of Exit 44 (Allen Road), there are six newly constructed vacant warehouses that are being advertised for Lease. Some of these warehouses were constructed in 2015 and some were completed in 2016. There are a total of 3,704,270 square feet of vacant space available for lease in these six buildings. This vacant space represents 14.70 % of the total of 25,127,073 already constructed space.
Planned, in development
A total of an additional 7,974,748 sq. ft. of warehouse construction is in the planning process in areas that are zoned Industrial or have recently been rezoned Industrial. Four projects in West Pennsboro township total 3,354,080 sq. ft; three projects in Penn Township total 3,681,840 sq. ft. and 1 project at Exit 44 spans Dickinson, South Middleton and Carlisle Borough and will total an additional 938,828 sq. ft.
Zoned for Industrial but not yet planned
On Ritner Highway west of the Rte. 11 and 233 intersection there are two additional parcels that total 200 acres that are zoned for industrial development (West Pennsboro), but apparently are not yet in the planning phase, and one additional 85 acre industrial zone opposite 801 Centerville Road (Penn Township). Based on other projects, we project that these 285 additional acres would result in at least another 2,850,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space when developed.
Commercial Real Estate Advertisements, zoning maps, and the footprint of existing warehouses in the Exit 44 area indicate that the area is approaching total saturation and buildout. The fact that 14.70 % of the constructed warehouses are vacant should be a major concern for townships, planners, and the community.
Both West Pennsboro township and Penn township are in the planning stages of adding another 7.9 million square feet and potentially an additional 2.8 million square feet based on current zoning primarily around Exit 37.
If and when this additional buildout occurs it will result in a total of 35,951,821 Sq. ft. of warehouse space which represents a 30 % increase over the existing constructed warehouses in our study area, adding directly to the traffic, poor air quality, and quite likely the vacancy rate.
West Pennsboro and Penn township still have the opportunity to mitigate the impact of this development as well as the opportunity to encourage a wider variety of industrial / commercial uses on these properties. While it is highly unlikely that there is the political will to reverse the zoning on these properties, it might be possible to work with motivated land owners to preserve their farmland.
Citizens should demand a commitment from their township supervisors to not zone or re zone any additional lands for Industrial Warehouse development. Citizens should both advocate for and insure that any new development uses Best Management Practices related to lighting, sound, air, and water quality. Through education and advocacy, townships should implement additional ordinances related to industrial development to preserve the rights of it’s citizens to clean air , clean water and quality of life.
Summary of warehouses in western Cumberland County
|Constructed and Occupied|
|Carlise, NM,SM Dick, West Penn, Penn||21,422,803|
|Constructed||Vacant For Lease|
|1999 Ritner Hwy||Carlisle, Pa. Multiple||2016||1,007,870|
|221 Allen Rd.||Carlisle, Pa. West Penn||2015||1,029,600|
|1495 Dennison||Carlisle, Pa. Dickinson||2015||620,000|
|1 Ames Drive||Carlisle, Pa. South Midd||260,000|
|5 Logistics Drive||Carlisle, Pa. South Midd||204,800|
|45 Logistics Drive||Carlisle, Pa. South Midd||582,000|
|Vacant||Total Square Footage||3,704,270|
|Total Constructed Sq. Ft. 25,127,073||Vacancy:||14.70%|
|Planned in Development|
|1525 Newville Rd.||Boch/Shover , West Penn||1,440,000|
|217 Allen Rd.||Carlisle, West Penn||398,840|
|3419 Ritner||Newville, West Penn||1,215,240|
|3455 Ritner||Newville, West Penn||300,000|
|1899 Walnut Bottom||Newville, Penn Twp||2,166,600|
|801 Centerville Rd.||Newville, Penn Twp||1,215,240|
|5 Penn Drive||Newville, Penn Twp||300,000|
|381 Allen Road||Carlisle, South Midd.||938,828|
|Planned||Total Square Footage||7,974,748|
|Total Leased, Vacant, and Planned||33,101,821|
|Zoned But Not yet Planned ?|
|801 A Centerville(west)||Penn||85 Acres|
|Ritner Hwy||West Penn||104 Acres|
|Ritner Hwy||West Penn||96 Acres|
|285 Acres||Approx 2,850,000 Sq ft|
|Total Build Out of All Planned and Zoned Warehouses||35,951,821|