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W. Donegal OKs Plans for Major 24-Hour Distribution Center

West Donegal Township supervisors unanimously approved plans for an unidentified company to operate a 24-hour distribution center that is expected to employ at least 100 people to sort packages and load delivery vans in addition to the delivery drivers.

Meredith L. Ferleger, a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm Dilworth Paxson, described the plan to township supervisors along with Kestra M. Kelly, a senior engineer at BL Companies, an architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm. At the township meeting on Monday, July 8, Ferleger and Kelly described a plan to use an existing warehouse at 10 Industrial Road as well as two planned parking lots nearby with more than 450 spaces. Ferleger said that many spaces would be needed so delivery vans could be parked there as well as the drivers’ personal vehicles that they would use to commute to work, as well as to have enough parking for people working in the warehouse, whose shifts would sometimes overlap. The warehouse is to operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, Ferleger said.

Ferleger said she was not at liberty to disclose the name of the company planning the distribution center. When asked if it would be like FedEx or United Parcel Service, she said it would be “somewhat similar” to those package delivery companies.

All of the plans requested by Ferleger and Kelly were approved unanimously by township supervisors, including a cost estimate of about $2.04 million, which includes a 10% contingency.

In another matter, supervisors unanimously approved an application from Moose Lodge 596 to transfer its liquor license from 18 N. Market St. in Elizabethtown Borough to the former Veterans of Foreign Wars post building at 126 Maytown Road. Lodge Administrator Denver McDowell said the Elizabethtown lodge, which was chartered 107 years ago, has more than 500 members now and hopes to expand to about 700 to 800 members in the new location. He noted that the local lodge had given $29,738 to charity last year and that it is one of many Moose lodges, which exist in all states of the USA as well as in Canada and England.

“The Elizabethtown lodge is now looking into the future,” McDowell said of its plans to move into a more modern building.

Also, a homeowner who asked township supervisors in June to reimburse for having quarry stone and piping installed to deal with a drainage problem, asked for an update on the request. Cathy Cassell said there were major problems with drainage on her property on Furnace Hill Road near Hess Road until she and her husband had the work done in May. Supervisors Chairman Roger Snyder said the matter had been forwarded to Township Solicitor Josele Cleary and the township was waiting for advice from her.

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