Developers plan to add 60,000 square feet of manufacturing, office and warehouse space in the city of Delaware's industrial park off the soon-to-be-completed Sawmill Parkway extension.

Developers plan to add 60,000 square feet of manufacturing, office and warehouse space in the city of Delaware's industrial park off the soon-to-be-completed Sawmill Parkway extension.

Plans call for the construction of a building with five truck docks on about 7.2 acres of property south of Airport Road and west of Slack Road's intersection with U.S. Route 42. The building, which will be known as Symmetry II, will be similar to an existing structure known as Symmetry I, which sits on land northeast of London Road's intersection with Route 42.

Delaware's Planning Commission voted 5-0 on Wednesday, July 6, to approve a combined preliminary and final development plan for the project.

Developers John T. Lewis of Delaware and Doug Shull, senior vice president with Columbus-based Carey Realty Partners, spoke on behalf of the project before the commission.

Lewis said he expects multiple tenants will call the proposed building home.

"We'll have as many as 10 spaces in there, but we can provide two or more spaces to make larger areas," he said.

Lisa Keller, city councilwoman and chairwoman of the planning commission, said speculative projects such as Symmetry II are welcome additions to Delaware.

"The city desperately needs available space," she said.

The proposed site of Symmetry II eventually will sit north of Sawmill Parkway after the extension of the roadway into the city is completed.

Delaware County broke ground on the long-discussed project to extend the roadway from its terminus in Liberty Township into Delaware's industrial park in summer 2015.

Officials have said the multimillion-dollar extension project should be completed by November.

Officials have said the new stretch of roadway will create a new, major north-south route between the cities of Delaware and Powell and open up large swaths of land for industrial development.

The project acted as a catalyst for Delaware-based Engineered Materials Systems to move to a new site south of Airport Road and expand its operations at a 60,000-square-foot building.

The Symmetry II building is planned just west of the Engineered Materials Systems building off a new road called Innovation Court.

Although the Sawmill Parkway extension has not opened yet, it is also being partially credited for new projects within the city of Powell.

Kroger officials announced in the spring they plan to build a new grocery store near Sawmill Parkway's intersection with Home Road in part because they expect the extension to create more development and traffic between Delaware and Powell.

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