DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 23, 2014

Federal Express plans Londonderry facility

Proposed project calls for 200,000-square-foot facility in Londonderry

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — They seem to be coming fast and furious.

Another large development project wants to call Londonderry its home.

Proponents of a proposed 200,000-square-foot distribution facility off Pettengill Road and Industrial Drive brought more details before the Conservation Commission last week.

This plan joins others that have come before the town in recent months, including a proposed facility for the national chain Restaurant Depot, and a new facility for large equipment company Milton CAT in North Londonderry, also off Industrial Drive.

The newest plan will potentially bring a new Federal Express Ground facility to the property south of the airport. The plant would handle parcel distribution and delivery at various times of the day from the main building on land owned by Ballinger Properties.

The Planning Board got its first look at the FedEx plan last summer, but did not know at that time what company was behind the plan.

The project would be within the town’s gateway business zone, an area that has more flexible criteria for businesses to follow when they bring a plan forward.

“We’re just starting to see the first couple of projects under the jurisdiction of that district,” town planner Cynthia May said.

Nashua-based civil engineer Jim Petropulous presented the proposal last week to conservation officials.

He said the new FedEx facility would be used for sorting and distribution of parcels. The company has another location in Londonderry, but doesn’t have the potential for expansion at that location.

“We looked for a site and found this one,” he said.

Petropulous said the new location would suit the company well, and is large enough for the added operations.

Having the business in the town’s gateway zone will also afford some flexibility as the plan moves forward. It’s also in a prime location.

“There is undeveloped land all around,” he said.

Petropulous said the new facility would operate with about 70 employees, and up to 470 drivers working at various shifts throughout a typical day to bring packages, in, sort, and load up trucks for delivery.

“It’s a sort facility,” he said, “and everything is done on the ground.”

That includes tractor trailers coming and going between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., then employees sorting packages from 4 to 8 a.m.

Drivers then come, have their trucks loaded, and go out to do their routes.

Petropulous said during regular business hours the operation is “low key” occupancy, but it’s a 24/7 business.

There could be upward of 600 parking spaces on the property.

The plan comes close to town wetlands and Petropulous said the plan includes proper buffers, including tree lines being planted and other environmental procedures to keep any impacted areas safe.