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Milford firm requests additional parking to accomodate growth

MELINDA RIZZO

XPO Logistics in Milford Township, Bucks Coauntyasked for additional parking at a regular Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, to accommodate fast growth at its AM Drive distribution hub.

Prompted by receiving, packing and fulfillment growth due to IKEA, Lou Mele, XPO Quakertown general manager, said the ecommerce business was ramping up faster than he’d expected. “We need parking for additional hiring,” Mele said.

Mele did not say how many additional staff his company planned to hire, but said additional parking was needed to accommodate the growth.

XPO is storing, packing and shipping IKEA products from Maryland and New Jersey locations, according to Mele. No one from IKEA attended the meeting.

Located at 3000 AM Drive, the distribution center is part of a larger land development, which has already been approved for expansion.

XPO requested a temporary gravel lot for 75 parking spots, which officials said would be phased out once plans to construct additional permanent parking were in place.

“I’m not concerned about the temporary parking for an area that has already been approved for more parking. But when the larger building goes in, then what will you do?” asked Milford’s engineer Pete Anderson.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Mansfield said jockeying parking for both buildings would need to be part of the approval process.

XPO is one of the top 10 global logistics firms, with more than 91,000 employees and 1,444 locations around the world, according to the company’s website.

In other news, supervisors unanimously voted to move forward with condemnation of a property to complete plans for the realignment of Mill Road. Township Manager Jeff Vey reported settlements with all but one property owner had been reached with the township.

“I realize you are losing more property than anyone else on that road and the procedure is for us to move forward,” Mansfield told the homeowner.

Mansfield said the township would continue to negotiate a settlement with the property owner, even if the legal action begins for taking the property needed for the project.

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