Public hearing on proposed warehouse in Florence slated for June 6

After the Florence Township Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a company’s application for completeness to construct a 300,700-square-foot warehouse earlier this year, a public hearing on the proposed project has been scheduled for June 6.

The developer, Foxdale Properties, LLC, submitted an application in November of 2018 to construct a warehouse on Railroad Avenue.

Along with the company’s submitted application for preliminary and final major site plan approval, it also sought bulk and height variances in regard to the warehouse, which is proposed to stand at 50 feet tall.

According to the proposed plan, the warehouse is designed to contain two tenants and will also include a 354-space parking lot, landscaping, lighting, storm water management and two driveways.

Because the applicant was not able to meet with the zoning board after an initial January meeting, board members said they have made it clear the applicant would need to redo its notices since the board did not meet in February or March to take action on the adjournments.

At the Jan. 7 meeting regarding the application, attorney Erin Szulewski, of the firm Parker McCay, appeared on behalf of the applicant to discuss Foxdale’s plans for the site.

“Foxdale is proposing to develop an approximately 300,700-square-foot warehouse facility together with parking, landscaping, lighting and storm water management facilities on the property,” Szulewski said.

“[We are] seeking a height variance for the proposed warehouse to permit a height of 50 feet where a maximum height of 30 feet or two stories is permitted in [the township’s] special manufacturing zoning district,” she said.

The company’s representatives requested that a missing item from its application be waived by the board. The item required a written narrative regarding a description of employee count, shift periods, and the operations and use of the building in accordance with the township’s ordinance approval checklist.

Szulewski said specific information regarding multiple application requirements could not be provided at the time given that Foxdale could not identify a tenant for the property.

Board members said the June 7 meeting is intended to address concerns raised by the township’s professionals about the application, as well as to hear residents’ comments regarding the project.

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