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Falls Township readies second phase of 1,800-acre redevelopment project


The Falls Township Board of Supervisors paved the way for the second phase of NorthPoint Development’s massive redevelopment at the former U.S. Steel site.
The board, during a recent meeting, unanimously approved a minor subdivision to create a 63.5-acre parcel at 300 River Road, which is part of the newly named Keystone Trade Center.
A NorthPoint representative said the developer had purchased the former Gamesa property, which amounts to 90 acres at the center of the 1,800-acre property. In order to sell a portion of the property, NorthPoint needed to subdivide the property. The subdivision will also serve to relocate South Port Road.
NorthPoint attorney Michael Meginniss told the board that the developer will be before the Falls Township Planning Commission next week for review of its subsequent three buildings.
“This is to transition us to the phase two of our development,” Meginniss said. “This is an important component.”
NorthPoint, the owner of the 1,800-acre site, intends to construct up to 15 million square feet of warehousing, creating between 5,000 and 10,000 new jobs. The redevelopment project would be carried out over multiple phases with construction of 20 or more state-of-the-art industrial warehouse buildings for various Fortune 500 companies.
Last month the board approved a minor subdivision for a 76.83-acre parcel.

In August, the board advanced the most recent construction phase of the project at the former U.S. Steel site, giving the developer the green light to begin constructing a 1 million-square-foot warehouse building at the Keystone Trade Center as part of its first phase.
Those plans call for a 49-foot-high warehouse with 196 doors, 475 parking stalls, including 18 handicapped parking spaces. Trucks would enter the site primarily via Tyburn Road and Route 13.
The roughly 60-acre tract is located on the southwest side of River Road, near South Pennsylvania Avenue and Tyburn Road.
In June the supervisors voted affirmatively to allow NorthPoint to subdivide two parcels at 100 River Road. The property totals 1,598.49 acres. Land would be divided into 10 industrial lots at the Keystone Trade Center.
NorthPoint last year purchased more than 1,800 acres of the former U.S. Steel property.
The developer will invest $1.5 billion into the transformation of the site. In all, the developer will spend an estimated $40 million to $45 million to remediate the site.

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