Concern about an access road is key issue with village officials reviewing $3.7 million proposal
The Village of Fredonia Plan Commission gave a preliminary nod to major expansion plans at the manufacturing facilities of Guy & O’Neill.
The company is finalizing plans for a 132,150-square-foot addition at its facilities on Industrial Drive, nearly doubling the 193,000 square feet it now has under roof.
The estimated value of the addition is $3.7 million.
Company officials said the addition would provide more storage space, freeing room in its existing facilities. No estimates were provided about the possibility of added employees.
The proposed building would have a 29-foot roof, and the exterior finish would mimic the existing facilities.
Commission members said they liked what the company is proposing, but worried that the site remain accessible to emergency vehicles once the new building is erected.
Of primary concern were whether the fire lane around the building should be paved or compacted gravel, and that the landscaping would need to be adjusted to the changing elevations. Officials conceded paving would be considerably more expensive.
Representatives from the Fredonia Fire Department have not yet offered input on the fire lane.
Public Works Director Roger Strohm recommended the street right-of-way to the south of the building site be built as a finished road, including a turn-around that will allow snowplows and street sweepers to navigate without backing up.
The company would be expected to provide a letter of credit for the road and a stormwater detention facility to ensure they get constructed.
“I would like it to address what we need, but not be more expensive than it needs to be,” Village President Don Dohrwardt said.
Commission member Bill Hamm agreed the village should be sensitive to the cost factor of requiring a fully improved road.
“I would rather keep the business here than to cause a big issue now,” Hamm said.
Strohm reviewed the submitted plans and offered the commission a favorable critique.
“Guy & O’Neill is a good corporate citizen in Fredonia and has generally operated in a manner not harmful to the village,” Strohm said in recommending only a few minor conditions to the plans.
Among those conditions is a reiteration that there be no outside storage of materials and that the company comply with nuisance laws on noise and odors.
The plans also call for retaining the existing 16 spaces for semi-trailers, noting that no on-street parking will be allowed.
Strohm noted that a strict reading of the zoning code says 32 parking spaces for semis are required, but he said he is satisfied that company officials know their needs.
The plans include 151 spaces for employee parking.
The commission authorized Strohm to prepare a developer’s agreement spelling out the details of the project. The Village Board has authorized the agreement to be reviewed by the village attorney.
If that agreement can be finalized, and the design gains approval from the Architectural Control Board, company officials hope to break ground in fall.
Occupancy is expected some time next year.