The exterior of Gehl Foods is seen June 29 in
John Ehlke/Daily News
GERMANTOWN — A growing food services company has visions
of eventually expanding operations in the heart of
Germantown. Details, however, will likely undergo heavy
scrutiny in the months ahead before any firm decisions
Members of the village’s Plan Commission combed through
several technical issues related to the proposed
rezoning of parcels near Gehl Foods’ corporate campus.
The land under the microscope is at N116 W16076 Main St.
and N116 W16060 Main St.
Stacy Cooke, project engineer with Gehl Foods, discussed
with commissioners the company’s preliminary plans at a
company’s overtures include a request to have the two
Main Street parcels zoned with a planned development
district designation in anticipation of expansion
adjacent to the existing plant operations.
Cooke said Gehl also “will be requesting leniency” on
expansion plans that might not conform with municipal
code. The company could ask the village for special
exceptions with parking details and building heights.
During a wide-ranging discussion with commissioners,
Cooke also revealed Gehl intended to raze four
unoccupied homes on land it owns as part of the
redevelopment process. Two of the four homes reportedly
are in good condition.
“Unfortunately, things change on a day-by-day basis,”
Cooke said, referring to the fluid nature of the
Later in the discussion, Cooke said, “We’re trying to be
a good neighbor.”
Although the company has no immediate plans of building
in place of the homes, Cooke said the company desires to
have them razed expeditiously so they are not subjected
to vandalism and other adverse impacts.
of the homes already has met its face at the hands of a
“We’re going to want to tear them done sooner rather
than later,” Cooke said. “We’re not in the business of
renting out homes.”
Village President Dean Wolter, who chairs the Plan
Commission, expressed astonishment with the plans to
remove a residential component from the adjacent area.
will bring out strong opposition,” Wolter said of the
proposal. “This is new information to me. I’m still
upset about the (razed) house. We wanted to maintain
some kind of residential feel. It’s hard to get past
Trustee David Baum, who also sits on the Plan
Commission, offered up similar concerns.
whole fabric of Main Street is being eroded away,” Baum
Although no firm recommendations were handed out at
Monday’s meeting, commissioners offered up a number of
directives, including a request to have a parking plan
throughout the campus and conceptual details of how a
corner parcel will be used.
Several commissioners said they believed the corner land
would be best suited as green space, possibly in the
form of a small-scale park.
think that would be appreciated,” Wolter said, pointing
out it would offer up a premiere space for taking in
Independence Day festivities.
Company officials also are being asked to furnish a
long-range plan for the entire campus property and a
timeline of when next steps might be occur.
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