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January 31, 2013

New development on the horizon for River Ridge

Board give approval for new warehouse construction



With the size of the building being constructed and the number of shipping docks slated for the location, the expectation is the building will house either a distribution or manufacturing company.

“It would either be light assembly or distribution,” Wilburn said. “It would be suitable for a number of things because we’re just building a shell and we can build it out to any specification anybody would want.”

In addition to the development plan approval, the planning and zoning board agreed to grant Crossdock a waiver on the city’s minimum landscaping standards.

The city has a requirement that a developer shall plant a specific number of trees based on the size of the building. But it was argued because of the massive size of the structure the requirement is burdensome, hence the request for the waiver.

Director of Planning and Zoning Shane Corbin said similar landscaping waivers were granted to Amazon and America’s Place when those plans were presented to the board.

Although the approvals for both the plans and the waiver were granted Tuesday, construction is not expected to get into full swing until after another Crossdock property has been leased.

Wilburn said as soon as the 700 building — what is commonly referred to as the Census Building — is leased, the company will turn its attention to the 800 building.

He said a deal on the former Census Building is imminent. 

“We have two different prospects for that [700] building and one of them may end up in this new one,” Wilburn said. “If 30 days from now we don’t have a deal on that thing I’d be surprised.”

Wilburn declined to comment on the companies interested in leasing either location.

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