Warehouse, Office Plan Endorsed

Posted: September 14, 1989

Preliminary plans for a 90,000-square-foot office and warehouse on Phoenixville Pike received unanimous endorsement from the Charlestown Township Planning Commission on Tuesday night.

The one-story building would sit on 9.4 acres near Charlestown's southern border and would contain 54,000 square feet of office space and 36,000 square feet for warehouse purposes.

As proposed in January, the project was originally intended to provide more warehouse space than office space.

The Chester County and Charlestown Planning Commissions, however, both objected to the increased truck traffic that such a warehouse would create in the area. As a result, developer/owner R. Cellucci of Berwyn redesigned the building.

Cellucci estimated that 340 parking spaces would serve the needs of future tenants at the site.

"It's actually going to improve the neighborhood," he said yesterday.

A neighboring concrete factory has been using the territory as a dump, but he said his project would clean up the area.

In another matter, the Planning Commission passed a resolution supporting the countywide $50 million "open space" bond issue on the November ballot. According to state Rep. Sam Morris, the referendum would help municipalities preserve farmland and park space if approved.

"As far as I'm concerned, this bond issue is essential to the well-being of Chester County," said Morris, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in Harrisburg and a longtime Charlestown resident.

"We're losing farmland very, very rapidly, as well as open space in general. I do hope that everyone will vote for this," he said.

His sentiments were well-received by the Planning Commission.

"Open space was not in the past 30 years something we had to worry about. I have no doubt it will be in the next 30 years," commission Chairman Michael Churchill said.

The commission also announced that Charlestown and Schuylkill Townships had jointly hired a traffic engineer to study the effects on their localities of a proposed turnpike interchange at Route 29.

Commission members estimated the engineer would have an early report ready within 10 days.

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