A much-anticipated zoning hearing on a major proposed project in Salisbury Township drew attendees from as far as Maryland and as near as New Holland. But Urban Outfitters‘ plan for a 1 million-square-foot warehouse in Gap was a no-show.
Fifth on the agenda at the Tuesday, June 25, meeting of Salisbury’s zoning hearing board was an Urban Outfitters appeal for waivers of signage and building-height restrictions.
But after presiding over four hearings on more modest projects, zoning chairman Larry Miller announced that the mega-retailer had requested a continuance. The board approved the request and will consider the waivers at its next hearing on Tuesday, July 23.
The township and the Pequea Valley School District support a Keystone Opportunity Zone designation, granting the firm tax exemptions for 10 years. County and state approval is also needed, and the county commissioners voted Wednesday, June 26, to approve the zone. The $105 million distribution center would employ up to 1,500 workers.
Consultant A. Scott Crockett Jr. of SC&H Group LLC in Sparks, Md., complained that he drove two hours to represent the owners of land adjacent to the site that Urban Outfitters is considering. Crockett was advised to call ahead of time to avoid wasted travel in the future.
Also in attendance was Bruce L. Clark of The Clark Group Ltd., of New Holland. Clark said he represents another landowner who supports the Urban Outfitter proposal and “wants to see something happen.”