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SHIPPENSBURG TOWNSHIP — Plans to develop an 80-acre parcel of land along Walnut Bottom Road in Shippensburg are ready to move forward, pending the issuance of a Highway Occupancy Permit from PennDOT.

Steve Oldt, Shippensburg Township supervisor chairman, said land developer BPG Properties wants to construct a distribution center with two separate warehouses covering 1.1 million square feet, and a restaurant. Shippensburg Township already has approved both the subdivision and the land development plan, he said.

The land is located along Walnut Bottom Road at Interstate 81, exit 29, near Parsons Interstate Ford.

According to studies done by the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp., the project would add 500 jobs and bring in $521,000 annually in local, school and county tax dollars, according to the Central Penn Business Journal.

Earlier this week, representatives from BPG Properties and supervisors from Shippensburg and Southampton-Cumberland townships met with PennDOT officials.

Oldt said PennDOT “seems fairly receptive to their plan,” which includes the installation of three traffic lights on Walnut Bottom Road — two at the north and south exit ramps off Interstate 81, and another to access the property about a quarter mile away.

Oldt said he has no idea when construction will begin.

“The next step is waiting for the HOP,” he said, referring to the permit. “And they don’t have a tenant at this time. If they do, they haven’t told us.”

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