Plymouth Industries expansion approved

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – An expansion in the city’s oldest industrial park won Plan Commission approval Thursday.

The commission approved the site plan for a 14,500-square foot addition to Plymouth Industries on Sunset Drive in the North Industrial Park. The addition would be to the east of the existing building.

It is the second expansion at the firm in less than five years.

John Knowles of Plymouth Industries told the commission the company’s business continues to grow and the expansion is needed to keep up with that growth.

“We mostly need to add people for our second shift,” he explained. With the addition, the company expects to grow to up to 60 total employees.

Knowles said no additional parking would be needed with the expansion, as any added employees would be on the second shift and the existing available parking would be adequate to meet that need.

“This is a good project and it’s good to hear that you’re expanding,” Mayor Donald Pohlman commented before the commission approved the site plan unanimously.

The commission approved a site plan for a public restroom building in Meyer Scenic Park on the city’s south side.

The building will be similar to the recently-opened public restroom on Mill Street opposite Division Street, though on a smaller scale, Director of Public Works Cathy Austin told the commission.

The restroom would be located along the walkway on the west bank of the Mullet River.

“The location was very much dictated by the floodplain map, so it’s farther away from the playground than we would have liked,” Austin admitted.

On the other hand, she noted, the location would not require the removal of any trees for construction.

Austin said the new restroom was included in the city’s capital improvement projects plan for 2018, so it will be built this year.

“It will go out for bids this month and to the council for the awarding of bids by the end of May,” Austin related.

She said the Meyer Park restroom will not be heated, making it seasonal in nature. The door locks will be on an automatic timer system and they would only be open during day and evening hours.

Plans for restroom facility upgrades in another park, City Park, were also approved by the commission.

Austin said the city plans to upgrade the restrooms in the lower picnic shelter in City Park.

She noted that the doors to both the men’s and women’s bathrooms in the east end of the shelter need to be widened as they do not currently meet accessibility standards.

At the same time that is done, new toilets, partitions and light fixtures will be installed and the bathrooms will be painted.

“These are definitely positive steps,” Pohlman said of the projects. “They will be a welcome addition.”

Two land divisions, one in the town of Lyndon and the other in the town of Plymouth, were approved under the commission’s extra-territorial jurisdiction.

The first was for creation of a 4.74 acre buildable lot on Winooski Road, the second to create a separate five-acre lot for an existing home on a 38.67-acre farm lot on Pleasantview Road.


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