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Goodman Birtcher site moving forward near Plainfield


The landscape has drastically changed near exit 44 of Interstate 81 in the few short months since work began at the proposed site for a highly publicized Goodman Birtcher warehouse.

The ground has rumbled, trees have been cleared and the site now appears close to being ready for construction to begin.

Two warehouses off of Allen Road totaling roughly 2 million square feet are expected to straddle South Middleton and Dickinson townships, as well as Carlisle Borough.

“The progress of the site has been coming along quickly, with site preparation work to include the excavation and infrastructure,” Jonathan Bowser, Cumberland Area Economic Corporation CEO, said. “Goodman Birtcher produces a quality product that I think the community will be proud of and will create a great working environment for its employees.

“To be a part of a project of this magnitude is exciting. The investment and economic impact to our community with jobs, capital investment, and local taxes will be a big win for the community.”

Bowser said the project is expected to produce $1 million in real estate tax revenue and create more than 600 new jobs in the area. A ceremonial moving of dirt was held in September and work has been ongoing since.

CAEDC spokeswoman Kristen Rowe said there have been no “substantial updates since then.” She said CAEDC has not been apprised of a completion date or potential occupants. However, she said the site is considered to be highly desirable because of its proximity to Interstate 81 as well as large cities and ports.

Goodman Birtcher first expressed interest in the site in 2013, according to CAEDC. The site sat vacant for nearly 10 years and was being marketed as a retail location, according to CAEDC.

Goodman Birtcher spent several years working with the municipalities to get the land rezoned and gain approval for its plans.

The full article is available here on Cumberlink.com.

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