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Westminster Business Park
Carlisle, Pennsylvania

WestminsterDESCRIPTION: Westminster Business Park is a 16-acre Industrial subdivision
with two to five-acre lots available for purchase or build-to-suit. The project is strategically located within one mile of Interstate 81 at Exit 44 (PA Route 465. Allen Road) in rapidly-growing central Cumberland County. The site is unique in that it is located between rail lines and a small residential development. The project was challenged by these two opposing land uses, with the resulting site plan and proposed uses emerging because of sensitivity to the needs and requirements of each of the neighboring parties. Because of the limited public street frontage, the property Is being developed as condominium units with common street improvements, landscaping, and storm-water retention.

Westminster DetailPROJECT HISTORY: When Equiterra Properties was engaged as a participating consultant to the property owner of the Westminster Business Park. the property was in trouble. The property owner had purchased approximately 16 acres of industrial land located between a railroad line and a residential neighborhood. The owner had initially envisioned a rail transportation terminal on the site, and when plans were submitted for conditional use approval, the owner was met with strong opposition from both neighbors and elected officials. Equiterra Properties was engaged to reposition and entitle the property.

The first step was to create a new vision for the property. It was agreed to proceed with a small-lot industrial subdivision with lots for sale to small business owners. such as landscapers, Cabinetmakers, and other service providers. The second step was to restore credibility and allay the fears of the nearby residents, whose greatest concerns were truck and trailer traffic, noxious or hazardous uses, and the possibility of having a rail terminal right next to them.

In 2008, the property owner sold the property for a truck trailer parking lot, at which time Equiterra Properties involvement ceased.  After considerable opposition, the project was abandoned in 2009.

Community Links

Cumberland County Office of Economic Development: offers business consultuing services, on-site or customized job training and educational workshops to established, new and expanding businesses in Cumberland County. Also provides tourism promotion for the County. www.cumberlandbusiness.com

PA Department of Labor and Industry: promotes economic development and an improved business climate through a variety of initiatives and programs to help Pennsylvania"s workforce remain world-class and globally competitive.
www.dli.state.pa.us

SEDA-Council of Governments: provides business development financing and assistance with exports programs, business-to-business e-commerce services, business retention and expansion programs and additional resources to help do business in Pennsylvania.
www.seda-cog.org

Development Plans

Site Plan
Floor Plan

 

 

Equiterra Properties • David Loring, CEO • dloring@equiterraproperties.com
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