Vandalia council narrowly approves truck storage, maintenance facility

Industrial Park Drive project could open in August; continues growth of logistics businesses around airport

VANDALIA — A developer narrowly received approval to open a trucking facility in Vandalia’s industrial district to accommodate local truck drivers.

The applicant, ISF Express Trucking, said the facility will allow for truck parking, truck dispatch, and light truck maintenance, according to planning commission documents. Parking would include 27 standard spaces and 53 truck spaces.

Vandalia Planning Commission in late February approved a conditional use request for 1010 Industrial Park Drive, north of I-70 off Brown School Road. City Council then approved the project by a 4-3 vote.

Council added conditions to their approval, one of which explicitly prohibits drivers from staying on the property overnight, including in their trucks. Another condition will require the developer to install a sign and concrete island on Industrial Park Drive to prohibit drivers from turning left when exiting the property. This will direct trucks north on Industrial Drive, to Scholz Drive, where there is a traffic light at the I-70 Alternate intersection.

Officials of ISF Express Trucking said they intend to be operational by August.

Thousands of trucks hauling goods for logistic companies surrounding the Dayton International Airport travel through and around Vandalia on a daily basis. The area has seen a development boom of these logistics businesses in recent years, and as a result, more trucking-related facilities to accommodate drivers.

The city is teaming up with Montgomery County to reconstruct and widen sections of Northwoods Boulevard, North Dixie Drive, and Lightner Road for an $18.7 million project, known as the Northeast Logistics Access project, which will provide trucks with an alternate route into the warehouse area northeast of the Dayton airport, lessening the traffic issues within the center of Vandalia, Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner said last year.

The proposed indoor floor plan of the Industrial Park Drive facility includes offices in the west end of the building, with maintenance bays and equipment to the east. The project includes a proposal for key-pad, after-hours access to the facility.

Jason Owens, with ANRO Builders LLC, spoke at the Feb. 28, 2023, meeting on behalf of the applicant. Owens described the proposed operation of the site, which would allow drivers contracted with ISF Express Trucking to park at the site when they took their trucks on the road, and to leave their trucks at the site when not on the road.

The goal of the property, Owens said, is to provide secure storage of trucks only, to accommodate drivers who are local to the area. The scope of maintenance provided to trucks at the facility would be limited to tire changes, oil changes, and similar light maintenance.

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