Industrial warehouse project approved in Berkeley County

December 04, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 2.6-million-square-foot warehouse project south of Martinsburg received preliminary approval on Monday evening from the Berkeley County Planning Commission.

John L. Knott III of BPG Development Co., was proposing three buildings on 175 acres on the north side of Corning Way, west of U.S. 11 and near Tablers Station Road. He told commissioners that the Philadelphia-based development firm hoped to build-to-suit for industrial and other uses.

"We believe the project will be of great benefit to the county," said Knott, a development manager with the company. Knott later estimated the project to be a $130 million investment. The company promotes itself on the Internet as a full-service commercial real estate development firm specializing in build-to-suit, speculative and adaptive reuse projects.

Commissioners concerned about large truck traffic were told that a traffic study was completed for the commercial project and that widening of Corning Way and U.S. 11 and a traffic signal were among the improvements slated for the site.


Commissioners acknowledged that the location's access to nearby Interstate 81, at least in the short term, however, remains a bit hemmed by slow-moving efforts to build a "connector" road that also is envisioned to serve the county's new Tablers Station Business Park.

Norwood Bentley, Berkeley County's legal counsel for the planning commission, noted that officials are trying to get the road on the state's list of projects slated for 2010 after apparently being bumped to 2011 earlier this year

After the approval was granted, Daniel M. DiLella Jr., the company's vice president for industrial properties, estimated employment at the warehousing complex could range between 300 and 700 people, depending on the ultimate uses of the space.

DiLella could not release names of possible tenants, but said the location was attractive because it was in the Interstate 81 corridor, which he described as a "good industrial market."

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