WESTMINSTER - While plans for two industrial parks on Route 31 are preliminary, some residents concerned about what kind of businesses may operate there have begun monitoring development.
The owner of one of the parks and a surveyor for the other said the projects are not to the stage yet where they know what kind of businesses will locate in Wakefield Valley.
Area residents want to monitor progress at the sites in order to avoid being surprised by any plans for development, as they were in August when plans for a large shopping center at Route 31 and Fenby Farm Road were approved by the city Planning and Zoning Commission.
Frederick G. Kestler, an Avondale Run resident who helped lead a successful neighborhood protest that persuaded the City Council to kill the proposed Pavilions center, said he and other members of POW, a group working for the "Preservation of Wakefield Valley," are talking with county officials to keep abreast of development in the area.
County planning maps show three industrial-zoned sites just outside city limits on the north side of Route 31 near Wakefield Church Road and across from the McGregor Printing Corp.:
* Arthur J. Ward and Jeffrey B. Powers own 61 acres just west of the Westminster Livestock Auction.
Thirty-five acres are zoned industrial and are being developed as Camelot Plaza, said Dan Staley, a land surveyor with DRS & Associates of Westminster employed by the men. The rest is zoned for agriculture and conservation.
The owners are working to get the land subdivided and want to sell industrial lots, Staley said. They have not tried to market the land yet, he said.
Ward and Powers could not be reached for comment.
* Evan Kunes of Woodbine owns 19 acres adjacent to Camelot Plaza and hopes to subdivide the land into six lots of two to five acres each.
Kunes said this is his first attempt at developing an industrial park, and he said he may keep one or two lots. He said he did not know yet what kind of businesses might locate in the park.
* Finch Services Inc., of 1127 Littlestown Pike in Westminster, owns the third site, which is adjacent to Kunes Industrial Park.
Ray Finch said his family's company has owned the 58 acres for many years and has no immediate plans to develop it.
The family's farm, lawn and garden equipment business was located at the site in the 1940s, Finch said. Some of the land currently is being farmed, he said.
Bruce Waldron of the county's Bureau of Development Review said Camelot Plaza and Kunes Industrial Park are in the subdivision process to create lots. Once the lots are created, the developers can market them, he said.
A potential buyer then would present a site plan to the county detailing how the land would be used, Waldron said. The county would review the plan and offer comments.
Camelot Plaza is considered a small- to medium-sized industrial park. Kunes is a small park, he said.
Kestler said he and other residents have heard a Roadway trucking terminal may locate in one of the new parks.
John Hyre, a spokesman for Roadway Express Inc. in Akron, Ohio, said the company has no plans to move its facility from 211 Greenwood Ave.