Details of 132,000-square-foot expansion remain in the works, but access for emergency vehicles finalized
The details of a final development agreement still need to be hammered out, but plans for a 132,000-square-foot expansion at Guy & O’Neill continued to progress during Monday’s meeting of the Village of Fredonia Plan Commission.
Earlier this summer, company officials came forward with plans for the $3.7 million expansion project at 200 Industrial Dr.
The 400-by-300-foot addition would be used primarily for inventory storage, freeing up other areas of the existing buildings for production. The expansion would be to the south of the current facility on Tower Drive.
During preliminary talks with village officials, much of the discussion centered on the need for an emergency access road.
Architect Mike Ehrlich of LaMacchia Group said planners have worked with representatives from the Fredonia Fire Department on a plan that would include a 15-foot wide gravel road around the perimeter of the new addition.
That road would provide access to any emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, Ehrlich said.
Where needed, a retaining wall with guard rails will be installed because of the difference in elevation.
The topography of the site will also come into play because of a requirement that a band of masonry be included on the exterior of the building. Ehrlich saying the stonework would be tapered to blend with the contour of the site.
The only significant issues yet to be resolved are the details of the stormwater management plan.
Ehrlich said 90% of the engineering for the addition has been completed, although the architectural plans are only about half finished.
Public Works Director Roger Strohm said he was satisfied with the progress being made on the plans.
“It seems like it is all going down the right path,” Strohm said.
Village President Don Dohrwardt also offered encouragement to company officials.
“I like the concept. There may be a few things that could pop up, but I’d like to keep this moving along for your sake,” Dohrwardt said.
Final plans and a development agreement are expected to be presented to the commission next month.
That agreement must be reviewed by the village attorney and approved by the Village Board.
The Architectural Control Board will also review the aesthetics of the building.
Ideally, company officials said, they would like to start building this year, although weather could delay that work until spring.
Guy & O’Neill, a specialist in manufacturing of private label cleansing wipes, has been in business since 1975.