Warehouse Project Not Yet Heard By Town

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  HOWELL – Two months of cancelled planning board hearings continues to put a number of proposed projects on hold. Among them are plans for 70,320 square feet of a warehouse/office building to be developed by 90 Industrial Ct, LLC.

  Both the agendas for the planning board’s August 18, 2022 and September 1, 2022 listed 90 Industrial Ct.’s hearings for Preliminary/Final Site Plan approval. Plans for this project were originally heard by the planning board on August 4, 2022 and carried to the next meeting.

  After cancellation of its September 1 meeting, the planning board indefinitely carried the application until further notice. Several other applications have also been placed on hold at the board’s discretion.

  The project description lists two lots, including one that consists of 4.34 acres and frontage along Industrial Court. Janico, a janitorial equipment supplier, occupies a warehouse/office building on that portion of the property.

  According to materials reviewed by the planning board’s engineer, the new warehouse/office building, 90 Industrial Ct. wants to subdivide another lot onsite to 4.69 acres. It would also have frontage along Industrial Court and loop back to Vanderveer Road.

  As it stands now, that area of land appears to have been used previously for agricultural use. The site currently contains a garage and some dirt paths. However, neither public sanitary sewer nor water are readily available on the property. Development would include installation of a water main in the front of the property to ensure water is available in case of a fire.

  Plans call for 63,288 square feet of warehouse space with two separate office spaces that will total 7,032 square feet. The developer plans to allow access to the buildings via two driveways to the north of the building.

  When the hearing does get listed, the planning board will seek to determine proposed tenants as well as the hours of operation. Part of the plan calls for sixteen loading dock stations, as well as separate parking lots for tractor trailers and cars.

  Laura J. Neumann, the Planning Board’s Engineer, reported to the board about the applicant’s stormwater management. The developer needs to do more to satisfy that their stormwater runoff meets code requirements.

  Private walkways and landscaping plans are among other areas to be addressed by the planning board. The developer plans to remove many of the existing trees on site and does not plan to replace them. They will most likely need to seek a waiver to make contributions to the Township’s Tree Fund.

  Warehouse development plans are nothing new in Howell. While some claim the inclusion of more warehouses and truck traffic will hurt the town, many welcome the tax revenue that comes with more businesses.