Saturday’s Market property is under option to development firm

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While vendors and shoppers are grieving the just-announced loss of one of southern Dauphin County’s cultural touchstones, the soon-to-be shuttered Saturday’s Market site is apparently already being sized up for its next act.

Londonderry Township Manager Steve Letavic told PennLive Wednesday on Friday an Atlanta-based commercial developer has reached an agreement-of-sale for the flea market property off East Harrisburg Pike, or Route 230.

Core5 Industrial Industrial Partners specializes in building warehousing and distribution facilities for a variety of users around the nation. Just last week if filed a conditional use application with Londonderry Township for rights to build a logistics center on a 196-acre tract adjacent to the market site.

Neither Core5 or its local attorney could be reached for this story, so further information about its plans were not immediately available. PennLive’s attempts to reach representatives of Saturday’s Market were not immediately successful, either.

The application on file with the township, however, states that it is looking to develop a distribution facility on the larger property.

As much as Saturday’s Market will be missed by its regular patrons, township officials noted the prospects of development at the site could be a net plus for the township in the long run as it faces the one-two punched of state mandates to extend public sewer and water along the Route 230 corridor and the anticipated loss of jobs and tax revenue from the closure of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant.

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