Feb. 23—The proposal to build 3.6 million square feet of warehousing space off the McAdoo exit of Interstate 81 is going before the Kline Twp. Planning Commission for what could be final approval.
A public hearing will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Kline Twp. municipal complex on Fifth Street in Kelayres.
Brewster Development, Franklin, Massachusetts, wants to build the massive warehousing complex on "Devil's Mountain," which is bounded by the villages of Haddock and Lofty, and Interstate 81 near the ramp for Exit 138 (Route 309).
The project got unanimous preliminary approval from the planning commission in October.
Several changes have been made in the project since it was first proposed two years ago.
The amount of square footage was reduced from 3.752 to 3.591 million square feet.
There has been concern over the intersection of Route 309 and Lofty Road, which will serve as the main entrance to the complex. Those concerns are that the intersection is right at the crest of a hill.
Donald Smith, president of Brewster Development, said a new, signaled intersection will be built about 500 feet north of the existing intersection. Traffic lanes will be widened by one foot and 4-foot shoulders will be built, all at a cost of $5 million.
Work to level the mountain will be conducted in phases and last at least 10 months, he said.
Employee projections have also increased from the original 750 to at least 1,000 employees, Smith said.
At full build and tax load, the facilities will generate an estimated $600 in tax revenue per 1,000 square feet, or $2,154,000, he said.
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