A land use permit application submitted to City of DuPont this month proposes replacing a South Sound high-tech campus that never really met its potential with a trio of new warehouse distribution buildings totaling 1.3 million square-feet.

Industrial Redevelopment LLC filed the paperwork on March 10th and city planners deemed it to be complete yesterday, opening the proposal for public comment through April 7, 2017.

The 93.16 acre site at 2800 (shown by Google maps as the former Intel unit) to 2980 Center Drive in the Northwest Landing planned development currently contains one warehouse and two office use buildings totaling approximately 1,010,000 sq. ft.

Its current owner (IR) is seeking permission to demolish the two 20-year-old office buildings (approx. 640,000 sq. ft.) and build three new warehouse-type structures comprising approximately 1,318,720 sq. ft. that would include only ancillary office space.

A Mitigated Determination of Non-significance and Conditional Use Permit was issued for the site in 1995, when the Intel Corporate Park proposed to have up to four buildings of office and manufacturing in 1.7 million sq. ft.  As first proposed, the project drew state and local tax breaks in order to build out to house upwards of nearly 8,000 workers.

That whole plan failed to see fruition as high-tech and semiconductor industry trends pushed Intel in different directions, before it finally sold its stake and became a minor lease tenant in 2013. The company told DuPont Mayor Mike Courts last April that it would be closing its last South Sound operations as part of a global cutback ending 350 jobs that were left.

This permit filing was first reported by The Suburban Times and can be viewed in its entirety at this link.