Philadelphia’s largest currently planned structure sits not in a booming district such as Center City or University City, but in a low-density area on the city’s outskirts in Northeast Philadelphia. A 1,004,000-square-foot UPS package sortation and distribution facility is proposed at 1 Red Lion Road in Bustleton, Northeast Philadelphia. The development comes from a collaboration between Commercial Development Company, Inc., Blue Rock, Bohler, and NORR. The 140-acre sits sits at the northeast corner of Red Lion Road and Sandmeyer Lane in an industrially zoned area.
According to a Civic Design Review filing, current zoning allows for up to 14 million square feet of space and buildings up to 60 feet high. The proposed structure will rise up to 46 feet high and will cover 16 percent of the site, leaving space for 956 employee parking spaces and 879 trailer storage and loading spaces.
Four stormwater detention ponds will be built for stormwater management, limiting run-off to current levels. The roofing structure will be prepared for potential future installation of a solar array.
A tall berm will shield much of the structure from view from the street and the adjacent neighborhood.
A “sound wall” will shield local residents from noise at the northwest corner, where the local neighborhood comes closest to the development.
No completion date has yet been announced.
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It is a by right project and there is nothing the neighbors can do about it. It used to be owned by Budd and aircraft were built during WWII before subway cars were built for customers including the City of Philadelphia in 1960 and leased to PTC before it was taken over by SEPTA in 1968. Pathetic neighbors caused CDR to give them a second session. Remember they were going to put 2M square feet on the property until they compromised to 1M square feet as there is plenty of land in the city to build logistics facilities.