As Frito Lay expands its plant on Hickory Drive in Aberdeen city limits, is is planning to build a parking lot on adjacent land that is outside Aberdeen's municipal borders.
As Frito Lay expands its plant on Hickory Drive in Aberdeen city limits, is is planning to build a parking lot on adjacent land that is outside Aberdeen's municipal borders. (TED HENDRICKS | RECORD STAFF, Patuxent Homestead)

Frito-Lay plans to add a parking lot to a large, open site it owns just outside Aberdeen city limits, across the railroad tracks from its existing plant.

The company wants to build 98 new spaces for trailers as part of its 164,244-square-foot expansion on the Aberdeen site, Brian Morgan, a representative of the engineering firm KCI Technologies, told members of the Harford County Development Advisory Committee Wednesday.

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The expansion of the warehouse will take up existing parking space, he said. "It's going to kind of encroach on a good portion of that parking area."

The parking lot would sit on about 38 acres, a small corner of the 102.87-acre site the company owns on the other side of the tracks, on property in the county. The existing Frito-Lay plant is just inside Aberdeen city limits.

Frito-Lay has owned the vacant site since 2000, when the company bought it from Cranberry Joint Venture, according to online state property records.

Morgan said after the Development Advisory Committee meeting he is not aware of any more development plans for the rest of the site.

The property is zoned G-1, for general industrial use.

The lot would only be accessed from the back of the existing plant. Frito-Lay already has permission to cross the tracks, county planner Shane Grimm confirmed.

The company was warned by the Department of Planning and Zoning to minimize encroachment on the natural resource district, as the lot is close to sensitive wildlife habitats.

The expansion at Frito-Lay's Hickory Drive location, announced earlier this year, would make the Aberdeen plant among the largest in the country.

It would add 100 full-time employees to the county's workforce and is expected to be completed next year at the back of the existing property.

Frito-Lay's existing plant is 360,736 square feet.

Retail in Belcamp

Three new restaurants and one new store are being planned in the Belcamp area, near the Riverside Shopping Center by Philadelphia Road and east of James Way.

Calriver LLC wants to consolidate two lots next to each other on Demetrius Way and build sites for a 5,600-square-foot restaurant, a 5,200-square-foot drive-through restaurant and a 3,000-square-foot retail building.

The 2.83-acre site is zoned B3, for business development.

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The lots have been vacant, Amy DiPietro, of Morris & Ritchie Associates Inc., told DAC members Wednesday during a review of the proposal.

DiPietro said the developer is under contract with possible tenants for the buildings, which are expected to be announced soon.

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