Officials in Pooler this week cleared the way for more industrial growth on the city’s rapidly developing stretch of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.
On Monday, Pooler City Council members approved a requested rezone of about 65 acres of land just off Jimmy DeLoach from a residential-agricultural to a light industrial designation to accommodate a new addition to the campus of the cold storage company Nordic. In addition, the council signed off on a 10-foot height variance for the newly rezoned property, which, according to the application for the variance, would accommodate a warehouse facility of up to 55 feet in height.
Speaking on behalf of Nordic, Terry Coleman of the Savannah-based Coleman Co., said company representatives are still working to get the title for the property, which is located immediately east of Nordic’s existing facility off Jimmy DeLoach. Once purchased, the final site plan will come before the city council for review, Coleman said.
The new warehouse will be built to house a new Freon system, said Ross Maple, the director of business strategy for Nordic, one that makes less noise and has less effect on the surrounding area. Maple told the council that another 150 jobs would be created if the new facility moves ahead.
“We have big plans over here,” Maple said. “What we want to do is continue to grow ... here in the Savannah area.”
Meanwhile, construction is ramping up for a new industrial park less than a mile to the west of Nordic’s facilities. The city council on Monday approved the site plan for a third warehouse at the Morgan Lakes Industrial Park, and construction of the park’s first two warehouses is underway now. Plans for the park approved earlier this year call for five warehouses in the park’s first phase, and another five warehouses in phase two.
Although Pooler’s share of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway spans less than three miles, development on this area of the roadway has taken off this year, and more specifically, since the state Department of Transportation cut the ribbon on the newly completed last mile of the parkway from Interstate 95 to the entrance to the Port of Savannah in May. According to information provided by Pooler Zoning Administrator Kim Classen, much of the remaining undeveloped land north of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway is now zoned for industrial or commercial uses.
The existing zoning on the parkway’s southern side provides for a more of a variety of uses, including single family, multifamily, commercial and a planned unit development.
Since the start of the year, Pooler officials have approved the following industrial changes and developments along their section of Jimmy DeLoach:
• Feb. 1, approved rezone of 328.23 acres for Morgan Lakes Industrial Park;
• June 20, approved site plan for Building 1 of Morgan Lakes Industrial Park, a 153,000-square-foot warehouse facility;
• Aug. 1, approved site plan for Building 2 of Morgan Lakes Industrial Park, a 150,000-square-foot warehouse facility;
• Sept. 19, approved rezone of 58.65 acres for phase 2 of Morgan Lakes Industrial Park;
• Oct. 3, approved rezone of 65.3 acres and height variance for area of Triple B Trail — just off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, and site plan for Building 3 of Morgan Lakes Industrial Park, a 100,000-square-foot facility.