“Project Twister” looking to touch down in Chesterfield
Burl Rolett April 4, 2014 0

Woodlands that could become a massive warehouse project in Chesterfield. (Photo by Burl Rolett.)

Chesterfield Economic Development has submitted plans for a four-warehouse distribution center and office development that would add more than 1 million square feet of industrial space to Bermuda Hundred Road between Meadowville Technology Park and the Honeywell, Philip Morris and DuPont campuses.

Codenamed “Project Twister,” the development will sit on 130 acres at a parcel known as the Keck Site. A trust in the name of Thomas S. Winston III owns the land, according to Chesterfield County records. It’s currently vacant and assessed at $929,000.

“It’s a site that has been in our industrial site base for years,” Chesterfield Economic Development Assistant Director Garrett Hart said of the Keck property. “It’s part of our regularly promoted sites for industrial development.”

Hart would comment on any specific projects “real or imagined,” he said.

A Project Twister site map prepared by Timmons Group shows four warehouses, each with 252,000 square feet. They sit three in a line along Bermuda Hundred Road and a fourth directly behind the middle building. A smaller fifth building labeled for office and maintenance sits between the westernmost and middle warehouses closest to Bermuda Hundred Road.

Atlanta-based Seefried Industrial Properties is listed as the developer for the project. Seefried also developed the 1 million-square-foot Amazon Fulfillment Center at Meadowville. Two Seefried representatives did not return phone messages by press time.

The economic development office also would not comment on any possible tenants that might be lined up for the planned space.

Chesterfield’s planning department received the project’s site maps last week with a red stamp reading “Fast Track.” The mark denotes an expedited review process that requires Chesterfield County’s site plan team to review the project and offer comments to its site engineer within five working days of its submission.

“It assures the project approval process moves along quickly,” Hart said.

The Keck Site sits just southeast of Meadowville Technology Park, a sprawling 900-acre distribution and data center park master planned by Chesterfield Economic Development.

If Project Twister goes through as planned, it will be the fourth major development to hit the Meadowville area in recent years. Since 2012, Meadowville has added Amazon, a recently opened Capital One Data Center and a distribution center under construction for Illinois-based medical supply company, Medline. The Medline deal, before being made public, was known as Project Bulldog.

Project Twister differs from the previous Meadowville deals because the land is privately owned. Chesterfield County Economic Development owns Meadowville and, in the case of the Amazon and Capital One plants, sold the properties the same day the projects were publicly announced.

A real estate investment arm of USAA bought the Amazon site and Capital One its data center site. Medline also bought its property from Economic Development prior to beginning work on its distribution center.