On the road Rock Lititz Blvd. coming soon

By on December 23, 2013

By:

PATRICK BURNS Record Express Staff pburns.eph@lnpnews.com

, Staff Writer

A proposed one million square foot Rock Lititz campus project cleared its first hurdle last week as Warwick Township Supervisors approved the project’s initial phase.

Supervisors on Dec. 18 approved Phase I, which will construct offices, design studios, warehouses, storage and state-of-the-art production setup space for Clair Global, Tait and Atomic Design.

Andrea Shirk, program manager, said Thursday that Rock Lititz groundbreaking will follow when financing is finalized for the project.

Cost projections for the project, a specialized industrial park on a 96-acre farm on Newport Road (just off Route 501), have not been released.

"Groundbreaking is not planned yet as we are still working out the final financing plans,’ Shirk said. "Once construction begins it will be one year until completion of (Phase 1)."

Final costs depend on a building design that was put out for bid to multiple contractors, she added.

"We are doing some final updates and will get final quotes sometime in early 2014," she said.

The project – hatched by the trio of Lititz’s entertainment industry giants – intends to perfect the onsite building and testing of stage, sound, lights, video and special effects for live events.

Though officials had hoped to begin construction by the end of the year, Shirk said plans are going well.

"We did get approvals and are very excited," she said.

Dan Zimmerman, Warwick Township manager, said the initial phase, which could add about 500 employees to the local workforce, is pretty standard.

The conditions on the approval now require officials to record a stormwater management agreement, land development agreement and record all the required easements on the property.

It also requires the developers to provide improvement guarantees of $1.06 million to the township, $388,126 to the Warwick Township Municipal Authority (the administration of water and wastewater), and $5,000 for inspection escrow.

"All of these conditions are standard," Zimmerman said in an e-mail Friday. "When they complete them, they can record the plan."

The location of the proposed facility is adjacent to the current Clair Global facility.

Warwick Township has approved its zoning to accommodate technical manufacturing and light industrial space at the site.

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