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$50M warehouse project proceeds in Perrysburg Township

Posted By: Toledo Blade on May 17, 2024.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

A $50 million warehouse project that could bring 500 jobs to Perrysburg Township is on its way to being finalized.

A 600,000-square-foot warehouse is being proposed on 162 acres at 9240 Fremont Pike. The location is on the north side of Fremont Pike, between the shopping center with Target and Home Depot to the west on U.S. Rt. 20, and the township building to the east on Lime City Road, said Kelly Moore, township zoning administrator.

Wade Gottschalk, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, said the project will bring 500 jobs to the area.

He said officials are proceeding through the incentive process, which usually includes tax abatements and making the school districts in the area — Rossford and Penta Career Center — whole, followed by agreements with the township and Wood County commissioners.

There is a nondisclosure agreement in place, Mr. Gottschalk said, and he cannot provide the name of the developer.

The site, he said, was very attractive for development, with access to I-75 to the west and many state routes around it. The city of Rossford and the Wood County Port Authority have also made strides in developing the “feeder roads” around the site, he said.

“The advantages are fairly apparent, it’s zoned and ready to go for development,” Mr. Gottschalk said. “It’s another great project, great team effort between a variety of constituencies.”

Ms. Moore said the property was already zoned I-2 (general industry) and C3 (highway business).

A proposed roundabout may shift the location a bit, she added. A service road in the back will tie truck traffic into Deimling Road.

“From our perspective, it’s approved,” Ms. Moore said.

The final site plan review was approved 3-2 on Monday by the township zoning commission.

Gary Britten, chairman of the Perrysburg Township trustees, said the divided vote was about concerns over delayed traffic studies, not about the project itself.

“It sounds like a couple of the board members weren’t quite satisfied in having enough information,” he said. “I know these guys want to get started, I just wish we would have had this information.”

Mr. Britten was asked if there was widespread township support for the development.

“Oh absolutely,” he said. “The schools are overtaxed and the people, especially in this generation and climate, they cannot afford to keep passing these school levies.

“We don’t need more homes. We need industrial and commercial,” Mr. Britten said. “When tax abatement rolls off, everybody’s taxes go down. That’s how it works.”

This township area will undergo massive changes in the next five years, he said. The other property around the warehouse project — which is being referred to as Project Yellow Jacket — is also zoned and ready to be developed, Mr. Britten said.

He hopes that the industry will be rounded out with commercial businesses, such as restaurants.

Mr. Britten added that he does not know what will be built for Project Yellow Jacket.

“Nobody seems to want to tell us,” he said with a laugh. “It seems to be a big building like Amazon’s.”

According to the Project Yellow Jacket documents reviewed at the Monday meeting, the site will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

There will be loading spaces and a truck court on the east, north, and west sides.


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