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Primo trucks are lined up at loading docks along Hoover Avenue. The company received approval to double the size of the warehouse and add 13 loading docks.PRESS FILE PHOTO Primo trucks are lined up at loading docks along Hoover Avenue. The company received approval to double the size of the warehouse and add 13 loading docks.PRESS FILE PHOTO

Primo gets OK to expand warehouse operation

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Owner accepts conditions; light, noise pollution issues being addressed

George Paxos, owner of Primo, and his attorney Matt Longenberger requested approval for a warehouse expansion at 2100 Hoover Ave. during Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting Feb. 7.

Primo has been a long-term tenant in the building. Hanover’s planning commission and zoning hearing board reviewed the application and recommended approval.

The expansion proposes using vacant land between the existing warehouse and the A. Duie Pyle trucking terminal. Paxos explained the company has outgrown its existing facility but wants to stay in the township. Primo provides most of the produce for its neighbor, US Foods.

The warehouse expansion will include facilities to allow Primo to repackage wholesale commodities for retail packaging. The company has a working relationship with Blue Apron that is fueling its growth. Hoover Avenue is a private road maintained by the businesses that use it.

Under the expansion plan, the existing 31,000-square-foot warehouse is slated to add 39,000 square feet — essentially doubling its size. Office space at 5,000 square feet is expanded to 15,000. The loading docks would be expanded from 13 to 26.

Sherwood Park homeowners are concerned about added noise and light pollution from the project and have made their concerns known at various meetings.

Paxos is aware of the concerns. To reduce light pollution, he agreed to plant a vegetation barrier in front of the docks facing the residential development. The land needed to plant the vegetation is controlled by the owners of Carmike Theater.

“We have made several overtures to the company to get approval to plant the trees. We finally made contact with someone [who] can make a decision,” he said.

Paxos expects a positive outcome soon.

Noise pollution was another concern.

“By adding more docks to the warehouse, we avoid moving trucks around. They can pull into a dock and stay put while they are loaded,” Paxos said.

The new proposal relocates some of the docks, so they are out of the line of sight from the residential units. There are additional spaces for employee parking.

According to Paxos, trucks come into the facility starting 5 a.m. Trucks are loaded starting 6 p.m. The loading process sometimes continues until a little after midnight. Outbound trucks leave between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Council had a list of conditions prepared by the planning commission and the zoning hearing board. Paxos agreed to the conditions and received unanimous approval to move forward with the expansion.