Plymouth Industries expansion approved

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – An addition that will add nearly 8,000 square feet – and 10 to 20 new jobs – to the Plymouth Industries plant on County C was approved by the Plan Commission Thursday.

John Knowles of Plymouth Industries told the commission the 128 by 60-foot addition would go to the south of the main part of his company’s building.

The addition would match the existing building in style and color. There would still be room on the site in the northwest industrial park for future expansion, according to Knowles.

He said the company would add 10 to 20 jobs on the second shift with the expansion.

“Plymouth has been a wonderful place to be and we’ll keep on growing here,” Knowles told the commissioners.

The commission gave their nod to a unique bedand breakfast conditional use permit on North Street.

Debbie Klock explained that she and her husband, Steve, have spent several years traveling utilizing a website, airbnb.com, which arranges lodging in the homes of local residents for travelers.

She explained that they have hosted guests at their home as part of the exchange, “but we found out we need to be approved if we plan to do more than 10 nights a year.”

The Klocks utilize a room in their basement, which has a separate entrance/exit, for their guests. “We aren’t planning to do anything real big with it,” she assured the commission. “I don’t think it has too much impact on the neighborhood. It’s not too much different than having family over.”

“Although this may not fit the typical mold of a bed and breakfast, it is licensed as a bed and breakfast and is advertised as that,” Building Inspector Pete Scheuerman told the commission.

Klock said they have obtained approval from the state to operate as a bed and breakfast.

Director of Public Works/City Engineer Bill Immich noted that this could be the first of many requests for such a use in a residential neighborhood. “There could be more than this, but I don’t see that being a bad thing,” he stated.

With that in mind, commission members placed several conditions on the permit, including limiting parking and the number of guests allowed at one time.

A land division in the southeast industrial park also won commission approval.

The parcel, at the southwest corner of County PP and Willow Road, is owned by the Plymouth Industrial Development Corp., which is looking to sell the land to developer Carl Doemel.

Doemel said he is planning to build a cold storage facility on 24 acres of land there.

Immich noted that the plan is to break ground on the new building still this year.


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