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Riverside Heating & Air Conditioning Looking To Build New Warehouse In York County

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YORK-Riverside Heating & Air Conditioning wants to build a new warehouse in York County.

At its meeting on June 8, York County’s Planning Commission will hear a request for a Special Use Permit for the establishment of a contractor’s shop with outdoor storage on a 2.2 acre parcel of land located at 8529 George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17). The property is currently undeveloped.

The applicant is requesting approval to construct a roughly 8,400 square foot HVAC contractor’s office/warehouse building with an outdoor storage yard that would be roughly 7,000 square feet.

The proposed new building would have roughly 3,600 square feet of office space and another 4,800 square feet of warehouse space. The outdoor storage area would be located next to the proposed warehouse and would be accessed by a bay door located in the back wall of the building. The project would also include the minimum 12 parking spaces required by the county’s zoning ordinance.

Riverside Heating & Air Conditioning is a family-owned business that has been in operation on the Peninsula for more than 40 years. The company is currently located on Warwick Boulevard in Newport News and is seeking to move its operations to York County should the project be approved.

“We have been in the construction trade for 40 years and have built great relationships with general contractors and other subs,” W. Taylor Rowe, owner and president of Riverside Heating & Air Conditioning, wrote in a letter that is attached to the application request memo, which is dated May 31. “We would propose a building that would fit our operations as well as promote a cosmetic appeal to the Route 17 corridor.”

County staff is recommending moving forward with the project, citing that “this application presents an opportunity to fill a vacant commercial space in a manner that, in staff’s opinion, would have no adverse impact on surrounding businesses and properties.”

The York County Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday, June 8, at 7pm, at York Hall, 301 Main St. in Yorktown.

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