Planning Commission to considers proposed FedEx terminal

February 02, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday will consider a proposal for a FedEx freight terminal near the intersection of Md. 63 and Interstate 70 west of Hagerstown.

The 137-acre truck terminal would replace an existing FedEx terminal near Hagerstown Regional Airport, said Timothy R. Troxell, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

If the planning commission approves the plans, construction permits could be granted as soon as next month, said Michael C. Thompson, director of the Washington County Planning Department.

The terminal would include a 142,160-square-foot loading dock with 280 doors, an 8,000-square-foot office building and a 14,160-square-foot garage with fuel pumps, according to project plans.


It also would include 281 regular parking spaces and 892 spaces for trucks, according to plans.

About 200 trucks are expected to use the terminal every day, and it would be open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, according to plans.

The property already is zoned for industrial and commercial use, so a public hearing is not needed to approve the project, Thompson said. The Washington County Commissioners do not have to approve the project, he said.

Several county departments would have to sign off on the plans before construction could begin, but because the project has been "fast-tracked," those departments can review the plans simultaneously, Thompson said.

The economic development commission has a system for determining whether a project should be fast-tracked. It weighs the number of employees the project will generate, the wages it will pay and the amount of community investment it will create, Troxell said.

A staff report notes that the terminal would have about 167 employees per shift.

FedEx representatives did not return calls for comment on Friday.

FedEx has several facilities in Washington County, including a ground shipping terminal in Halfway that employs more than 300 people, according to a 2006 business directory published by the economic development commission.

"FedEx is one of the top transportation companies here, and they have continued to invest millions into the county," Troxell said.

Thompson said traffic issues and road improvements for the project likely will be discussed at the planning commission's meeting.

Some area residents have complained about truck traffic generated by a nearby Pilot Travel Center.

In February 2003, a correctional officer at Maryland Correctional Training Center was killed when the van he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer pulling out of the travel center parking lot.

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