A developer of the former GM Boxwood plant are proposing a high-rise 3.8 million square foot warehouse/distribution center.
The five-story logistics center would be located on the northeast corner of Boxwood Road and Centerville Road intersection near Newport and the Prices Corner area west of Wilmington.
The footprint for the site would be 818,500 square feet, with 1,942 parking spaces.
The former GM plant is being razed to make way for the brownfield development of the site in Christiana Hundred.
Distribution centers are growing in height as the complexes move into more densely populated areas that can more easily handle same-day, “last mile” deliveries.
Automation also plays a role. Robotic technology is expected to be increasingly used in logistics centers in the coming years.
The latest project comes after Boxwood developer Harvey, Hanna and Associates announced an agreement calling for national developer Dermody to own and develop a large portion of the Boxwood site. Harvey, Hanna will develop the remaining acreage.
Dermody has developed a distribution center for online giant Amazon.
The original plan called for low-rise logistics centers with a similar low-rise appearance to the GM plant, which closed in 2009.
The site will be marketed as LogisticsCenter at I-95 Wilmington. The site is just off Route 141 and I-95.
The revised site plan was first reported by the Delaware Business Times by Associate Editor Jake Owens.