Massive warehouse plans in Bethlehem get nod

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Majestic Realty plans to build another massive 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse on former Bethlehem Steel Corp. land.

Thursday afternoon the Bethlehem Planning Commission gave Majestic approval for its latest project on 441 acres of former remote ex-Steel land in the city.

There is no tenant for the warehouse proposed at 3633 Commerce Center Blvd. off Route 412, Majestic Realty Co. Vice President Ed Konjoyan said.

It would join Majestic’s 2.5 million square feet of existing warehouses already built in the Majestic Bethlehem Center. The building is designed to resemble other warehouses on the site.

Without knowing the tenant for the latest proposal, Konjoyan said it was hard to say the number of jobs or the traffic created. But Majestic officials noted that Commerce Center Boulevard was designed to accommodate the traffic that comes with warehousing.

“We’re glad to see 412 is being completed,” Konjoyan said of ongoing work to the thoroughfare.

Majestic is also about to begin construction on a third 1 million square-foot warehouse with the option to expand it by 930,000 square feet depending on the tenant’s needs, Konjoyan said. The company is still searching for a tenant for the space, but this phased approach worked well with the first building, he said.

If the full build-out occurs, that would make it the city’s largest warehouse to-date.

Majestic in 2012 built an 800,000 square-foot warehouse for Crayola at the site and there is also a Wal-Mart fulfillment center. California Cartage Co. leases almost 540,000 square feet of warehouse space.

Upon full build out the Majestic site will feature 8 million square feet of warehouse. Plans call for three more buildings.

Distribution is the Lehigh Valley’s fastest growing industries given its prime location in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia and access to major highways, like Interstate 78 and Routes 22 and 33.

Penn State Lehigh Valley just announced it will begin offering a bachelor of science degree in project and supply chain management in fall 2017 due to the regional demand.

The property is adjacent to Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII where Liberty Property Trust has also built warehouses speculatively with success.

 

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