Warehouse developer wants to reconfigure Bear Road in Manchester Twp.

Noel Miller
York Dispatch
The southern portion of Bear Rd which will be developed over if the NorthPoint proposal is approved.

A developer who wants to build three warehouses in Manchester Township is proposing big changes to Bear Road near Interstate 83. 

At a township zoning hearing board meeting Sept. 7, NorthPoint Development representatives presented maps of the proposed, but not yet township-approved, project. 

NorthPoint was seeking an exception to a township ordinance regarding parking, and its presentation provided one of the first insights into the construction proposal.

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Township officials stated that any decision regarding the approval or denial of the construction plans would be handled at the Sept. 28 planning commission meeting.

Stacy MacNeal, of the Barley Snyder Real Estate Practice Group, represented NorthPoint Development at the hearing. With her were three witnesses — Shannon Buster, the director of engineering for NorthPoint; Ryan Oberle, a development manager for NorthPoint; and Jeramy Bittinger, a project manager with Landworks Civil Design. 

The plans show three warehouses alongside a road called Regional Way. When asked about the nonexistent road, MacNeal explained that NorthPoint plans to turn the northern half of Bear Road into a cul-de-sac to keep traffic from bothering local residents.

The plans show the new road, Regional Way, branching off from Susquehanna Trail North. Regional Way would be a "dedicated public road" and connect Susquehanna Trail to Canal Road, Bittinger said. 

NorthPoint Development's proposed but not yet township-approved plans for warehouse construction on Bear Rd in Manchester.

NorthPoint is seeking a special exception to a township ordinance to reduce off-street parking for future employees, MacNeal said.

The ordinance designates the amount of parking different types of buildings are required to provide. 

Under the ordinance, the NorthPoint warehouses are required to have a total of 2,613 parking spaces, said Oberle, the NorthPoint development manager.

The initial warehouse plans presented to the township list fewer spaces than that. However, NorthPoint has the ability to add more parking in the future without additional construction, Oberle said. 

After a 30-minute discussion, the hearing board took a short recess. After about 20 more minutes of discussion, the board approved the special request for fewer parking spaces. 

— Reach Noel Miller at NMiller3@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @TheNoelM. 

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