With the town's approval, construction on Londonderry's new FedEx Ground center — expected to bring 500 jobs to the area — will begin shortly, despite delays in planning surrounding road areas.
Last week the Londonderry Planning Board granted the company permission to begin building the one-story, 300,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution center at 44 Industrial Drive, which is within the Pettengill Road area.
The board gave its conditional approval for the initial site plan in early March, but the process had been delayed due to the fact that surrounding subdivision and road plans aren’t yet finalized, Town Planner Cynthia May said.
This month, officials from Scannell Properties, the company building the warehouse and shipping facility, asked the board to consider allowing them to break ground on the project in the meantime.
May said the agreement was made with the understanding that the plans for the surrounding infrastructure would be finalized before FedEx is granted a Certificate of Occupancy. “All the site plan conditions have been met,” she noted.
Assistant Public Works Director John Trottier said the town was told that the new facility would not be occupied until sometime in early 2015.
“To keep up with the planned schedule, it’s important to get that (building) shell up by fall,” he said, noting that he expected roadway should be completed by then.
Contacted on Friday afternoon, FedEx corporate spokeswoman Allison Houser refused to discuss details on the project, including questions about the construction timeline and how many new positions would be created in Londonderry.
Houser said the FedEx is “in a quiet period before the company’s quarterly earnings announcement on June 18,” and the company’s policy is to not release forward-looking statements at this time, including any information pertaining to real estate projects.
However, town officials said last month that the new facility was expected to employ about 500 people, including part-time truck driver and warehouse worker positions.
Town Councilor Tom Dolan calling the surrounding area the town’s “golden egg,” noting that much development is anticipated for the Pettengill Road area, near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, in the coming years.
Project officials said that once completed, commercial and industrial development along the yet-to-be completed Pettengill Road, which intersects Raymond Wieczorek Drive, could bring up to 10,000 new jobs to southern New Hampshire and generate millions of dollars in annual tax revenues.