Cold storage expansion redux approved

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The Plan Commission Thursday approved an expansion of an expansion plan they had approved just a month earlier.

Officials of Oshkosh Cold Storage were seeking approval of amended plans for expanding their facility on County PP to include new loading docks.

The commission also approved an expansion for Suchon Funeral Home on State 67.

Craig Olson, project engineer for C.E. Doyle LLC, explained that Oshkosh Cold Storage officials had approached the contractor after work started on the 205,000-square foot addition approved by the commission in June.

The company determined that additional loading docks on the northwest side of the building would be needed to handle the increased volume of cheese with the addition.

“The architecture is not changing from what you approved last month,” Olson told the commission.

He added that the plan is to have the addition to the cheese storage facility, which opened in early 2015, “under cover before the snow flies.”

The commission approved the proposed 5,101-square foot addition at Suchon.

The addition would house two additional chapels, project manager Kevin Koepke of Quasius Construction told the commission.

This is so Suchon Funeral Home can hold cateredin food functions with (funeral) services,” Koepke explained. “They’re doing that now, but this is just a better space.”

The addition, to the east of the existing building, would also include 15 additional parking spaces on the north side of the building.

After-the-fact approval was given to Glacier Transit and Storage for a free-standing 12,000-gallon diesel fuel tank and dispensing equipment at their building at 314 E. Clifford St.

Dick Schaper of Schaper Excavating and Petroleum Services in Pardeeville, who installed the tank for GTS, apologized to the commission that the proper permits and approval had not been obtained before the tank was built.

He explained that a clerical error by a secretary was the reason.

“This is the first time this happened to us and we’re very sorry. This is not our practice,” Schaper said of the failure to obtain the permit.

“This exceeds state specifications,” Schaper said of the tank. “We’ve put in hundreds of these tanks in the state of Wisconsin and never had a failure and never had a problem with inspectors.”

GTS officials said the tank would be used to fill company trucks and contracted haulers. They estimated it would be used only two dozen times or so a week.

They agreed to put up signage to ensure that no trucks using the tank would be backing out onto either Clifford Street or Appleton Avenue.

The commission recommended approval of rezoning for a parcel at the corner of State 67 and Hill and Dale Road.

The land is being purchased by Premiere Development from the Plymouth School District. Sarah Hillenbrand of Premiere explained that the plan is to eventually build an apartment complex on the property.

“We’re not even close to the number of apartments we need in the county,” Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Dane Checolinski told the commissioners. “We’re having trouble getting people to relocate here because of the lack of a place to live.”

He noted that many new hires for local companies look for apartments to move to first before purchasing a new home here, but the lack of apartments is making that a challenge.

“For the last two years it’s been one of our key missions to drive multi-family housing into our county,” Checolinski concluded.

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