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Pooler planners sign off on rezone for possible third Nordic warehouse

  • Terry Coleman of the Coleman Company in Savannah describes a requested rezone for property for a new Nordic facility on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway (Kelly Quimby/Savannah Morning News)

Planners in Pooler on Monday signed off on a pair of requests that would accommodate a third warehouse for the Atlanta-based cold storage company Nordic at a growing site off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.

Speaking on behalf of both the buyer and the seller this week, Terry Coleman of the Coleman Co. said Nordic and the current property owner, the Barnwell family, are doing their due diligence in requesting a rezone of about 65 acres of land on Triple B. Trail from an agricultural to a light industrial designation.

The buyer and seller also got approval from the planning commission for a requested 10-foot building height variance, which would allow a new warehouse to be built to the same height as Nordic’s existing warehouse facility — 55 feet. Coleman said the additional height is typical for a cold storage facility, which requires the additional space for stacking and cooling towers.

If approved by the city council next week, Coleman said, Nordic could create a campus of facilities and improve its transfer truck parking at the location just off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.

Although Nordic now appears to be on the path for a third facility — the company earlier this year completed construction on a second phase, a 200,000-square-foot addition — a representative of the company said late last week he could not yet confirm that a new facility is in the works. Ross Maple, the director of business strategy for Nordic, said the company has an interest in some properties, but nothing is yet finalized. Maple said Friday an announcement could be coming in the next few months.

And that’s not the only development taking place in that northernmost area of the city at present. Requests for property along Jimmy DeLoach comprised the bulk of the city planning commission’s business during its Monday meeting. In addition to the rezone and variance requests for Nordic, the planning commission approved a preliminary construction plan and tree compliance plan for Phase 1C of the Farm at Morgan Lakes. Rusty Windsor of Thomas & Hutton said the 52 additional single-family homes will complete the subdivision’s first phase.

Site and landscape plans for a third warehouse at the new Morgan Lakes Industrial Park, located just west of the Farm community on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, were also recommended for approval Monday.

 

In other business:

• The planning commission voted to recommend approval of site and landscape plans for Outparcels 10 and 19 of the Tanger Outlets. The plans are for 157,800 square feet of retail in a new shopping center on Tanger Outlets Boulevard. The site plan includes three anchor stores and two smaller shops east of the Pooler Marketplace shopping center.

• Planning commissioners signed off on site and landscape plans for a 4,500-square-foot Parker’s convenience store at the corner of Dean Forest and Pine Meadows roads.

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