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Kusevich Properties Plans to Build 25,000-Square-Foot Building in Richland

Richland's Board of Supervisors approves preliminary plan to subdivide land into three lots.

Kusevich Properties L.P. plans to build a 25,000-square-foot flex-space building at the foot of Executive Drive in Richland Township.

That is what owner George Kusevich explained to the Richland Board of Supervisors on Wednesday when he appeared before them seeking approval of a preliminary plan to subdivide his 17-acre property—Lot and Block No. 1505-S-104—into three lots.

The supervisors unanimously approved the subdivision of the land, which is zoned "M" for light industry/manufacturing. It is bordered to the south by on the east by American Freightways and to the north and west by Chatham Manor and Richland Highlands residential developments.

Kusevich Properties has more steps to complete before it can start building, including submitting a land development plan to the township's planning commission for its review. That plan will outline specifics about how the land will be developed.

Kusevich and Jerry Nist, of Hampton Technical Associates, explained that the land will be split into two builders' lots of about three-plus acres each. The remaining acreage would be further subdivided in the future, Nist said.

The concept is to build a 25,000-square-foot flex-space building, then move to the second lot, Kusevich said.

Flex space is defined in the Richland Township code as "a building or structure that can be subdivided for use by multiple tenants primarily for light industrial, warehousing and associated office/administrative space."

Kusevich said he plans to split the building into 10 2,500-square-foot spaces, depending on what potential renters want. 

"Once we have enough interest in the property, we will come for a building permit," he said.

In the meantime, other details need to be worked out as outlined in a letter from Township Engineer Scott Shoup.

Asked by Township Manager Dean Bastianini about extending the road through an existing wetland, Nist said he is working now on wetland mitigation.

Nist also said a detention pond on the property will need to be enlarged, but it is unclear who is responsible for maintenance on the pond.

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