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Carlisle mayor breaks Borough Council deadlock to approve warehouse zoning change

Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott on Wednesday night cast the pivotal vote that gave developer Goodman Birtcher the zoning change it needed, clearing another hurdle for the company to develop about 3 million square feet of warehouses just outside Carlisle’s west end “It’s all about doing what we think is best,” Scott said after the 4-3 vote in a meeting with about 35 people attending, more than three-quarters of whom were opposed to the warehouses.

The conventional wisdom of Scott and Borough Council members voting for the zoning change – Linda Cecconello, Matthew Madden and Don Grell – was that the borough and its residents would be better served if council had a seat at the table as Goodman Birtcher moves forward with its warehouse planning and construction. Dickinson Township, where the two largest warehouses will be, approved the zoning changes last month. I think we’re in the practical side of this,” Grell said. “To vote this down tonight will not prevent the warehouses.” It would have prevented Goodman Birtcher from accessing the Dickinson Township warehouse site via Allen Road, forcing traffic onto Ritner Highway and potentially through the borough, council members said. Although some weren’t thrilled about the warehouses, they said they want to work with the company to prevent unnecessary traffic, idling and other problems. “We’re pleased,” said Troy Briggs, Goodman Birtcher’s northeast regional director. “We’re going to make this a great project.” Charles Courtney, an attorney with McNees Wallace & Nurick representing Goodman Birtcher, said the company is eager to begin the next phase – planning the warehouses and working with all the municipalities to make sure it’s done right. Some warehouses could be built in West Pennsboro and North Middleton townships as well.

Read the remainder of the Central Penn Business Journal’s article here.

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