A warehouse development with the potential for five buildings, more than 4 million square feet and thousands of jobs was presented to the Greencastle-Antrim School Board Thursday evening by NorthPoint Development, which is looking for a property tax break.

Brent Miles, vice president of the Kansas City-based NorthPoint, talked about his company's plans for the Antrim Commons warehouses on 284 acres currently owned by ATAPCO off U.S. 11 south of Greencastle near Exit 3 of Interstate 81.

NorthPoint owns between 70 and 80 warehouses across the country and builds speculative buildings that are then leased.

"I build spec buildings because I know what happens. Corporate America wants buildings, not lots," Miles said. "What I like about this site is that it is flat and I can do big buildings."

The local warehouses would likely be used for e-commerce fulfillment in jobs that typically pay $15 to $20 an hour, according to Miles.

In Pennsylvania, a NorthPoint site in Wilkes-Barre is leased by chewy.com and a former Harley Davidson location in York is leased by Post.

In Antrim Township, the proposed spec buildings are:

Building 1: 800,000 square feet

Building 2: 356,000 square feet

Building 3: 1,250,000 square feet

Building 4: 830,000 square feet

Building 5: 830,000 square feet

In his presentation, Miles gave these job creation estimates: conservative, .5 jobs per 1,000 square feet, 2,000; baseline, .75 jobs per 1,000 square feet, 3,000; and optimistic, 1 job per 1,000 square feet, 4,000.

The Antrim Commons location already is within a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance zone.

The school district's current LERTA starts with a 100 percent property tax break in the first year, with the discount decreasing by 10 percent a year over a 10-year period.

Miles called that good, but not great. He said an A-plus LERTA would be:

Years 1 to 6: 90 percent

Year 7: 70 percent

Year 8: 50 percent

Year 9: 30 percent

Year 10: 10 percent

When asked by school board member Brian Hissong if he would consider a B-plus LERTA, Miles indicated he would send a more reasonable proposal.

"I think we have to sleep on it at least," said school board member Paul Politis, while Michael Still said he is interested in continuing the conversation.

The board will probably discuss the proposal at its work session on Feb. 16, according to President Jim Winslow.

"The ball is in the school district's court," L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Development Corp., said after the meeting.

He said the district would give up something early, but eventually even 10 percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing.

The district gets 80 percent of the property taxes and the county gets 20 percent.

Miles told the school board he met with county commissioners earlier in the day and "I think I got a maybe."