NorthPoint, the company that is building the four-warehouse complex on Wesel Boulevard, plans to build two more facilities west of the city.
One building would cover 1 million square feet and the other would cover 652,080 square feet on a site at 16822 National Pike. Each building, described as warehouses and offices, is said to be 50 feet high.
The property is on the north side of US 40, west of the intersection with Md. 144. It is in a “planned industrial district” according to the county zoning code.
“We are already working with a potential tenant” for the larger building, David Salinas, director of development for NorthPoint, told the Washington County Planning Commission on Monday.
This potential tenant has what Salinas has called a “manufacturing component” for its operation, as well as warehousing and logistics.
“The deal is not yet done, but we’re pretty excited about it,” he said.
The project, called “Dickinson Farm” on NorthPoint documents, would represent an investment of more than $ 109 million and create 920 full-time jobs, he said.
“We’re hoping to have shovels in the ground early next spring.… We’re really looking to deliver that million feet by summer 23,” said Salinas.
According to information presented at Monday’s meeting, the company is considering requesting a waiver of standard parking requirements.
The county’s zoning code would generally require 1,182 parking spaces for the development. The company plans to provide 1,002 spaces.
Members of the Commission and Salinas also discussed housing for solar energy.
Planning commission Denny Reeder asked if the company has considered putting solar panels on top of buildings.
“We are moving towards solar on all our buildings, not only for renewable resources, but also for a benefit for tenants in terms of renewable energy,” replied Salinas.
He said the two buildings would be “ready for solar infrastructure”.
Planning committee member Jeff Semler welcomed the comments. He said the commission had sent out requests to cover acres of land with solar panels.
“It’s almost 38 acres of rooftop,” he said. “I am happy to hear you say that it will be ready for solar power. I will be even happier to see panels on the roofs of these structures.”
Salinas said NorthPoint must “put tenant in place first” before installing solar panels.
Each tenant has different needs and requirements for rooftop units and ventilation. The panels cannot be installed until these issues are resolved, he said.
Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard aims for 50% of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 provides that 14.5% of this target will come from mandatory solar development. .
Members of the planning committee also voted on Monday to amend the zoning code with language designed to protect the county’s main farmland from the use of solar fields.
The proposed amendment will go to the county commissioners, who have the final say.
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NorthPoint Development is based in Missouri. Its ongoing four-building warehouse complex on Wesel Boulevard, called its Hagerstown Logistics Center, is ahead of schedule.
“It’s a great site for us,” said Salinas.
According to its website, NorthPoint has more than 388 customers, ranging from Amazon, FedEx and UPS to Home Depot and Lowe’s to Ford and GM.
In October, Amazon was announced as the occupant of Building No.1, which is over a million square feet.