Details surrounding Briggs & Stratton’s proposed warehouse and
distribution facility came into sharper focus Monday as a Germantown
panel gave a series of recommendations.
engine manufacturer this spring was named as an anchor tenant in a
new industrial park within a 151.3-acre site east of Interstate 41,
west of Goldendale Road, north of Holy Hill Road and south of
surrounding the industrial park were solidified a month ago when
village officials made a series of pivotal decisions — including
rezoning land and creating a new tax-incremental financing district
to assist in a series of infrastructure and utility improvements.
With the heavy,
big-picture lifting out of the way, members of the village’s Plan
Commission dug into details related to Briggs & Stratton’s
706,840-square-foot building, which will be located in the northeast
quadrant of the I-41 and Holy Hill Road interchange.
“I like the
approach and how it will appear as you drive by it,” said Village
President Dean Wolter, who chairs the Plan Commission. “I think it
will be a good building and help set the precedent.”
Briggs & Stratton, which has signed a 15-year lease to operate
within the new industrial park, will use its Germantown facility as
a distribution warehouse for the company’s assortment of products,
including lawn and garden equipment, pressure washers and
company executives, the target opening date for the new Germantown
facility is April 1.
Stratton’s business plan for the Germantown site calls for employing
38 persons — 30 fulltime and eight temporary. Under the proposal,
the facility will operate from 6 a.m. to midnight daily.
Stratton employees will work first and second-shift hours, according
to the company’s plans. Of the full-timers, the company anticipates
scheduling 19 workers first-shift and 11 employees second-shift.
Also under the
microscope at Monday’s meeting were architectural and landscaping
plans and other features, including fencing around the perimeter of
proposed building materials include painted 12-foot-wide precast
concrete wall panels and aluminum storefront widow systems. The
exterior, as proposed, will feature a variety of color schemes,
including orange, grey and white accents.
While the bulk
of the site will function as a warehouse facility, other features
are set to include 37 loading dock bays and two at-grade overhead
renderings revealed plans of offering an assortment of trees,
shrubs, perennial plantings and ornamental grasses.
While Wolter and
others on the Plan Commission lauded Briggs & Stratton for the
landscaping details, there was less support for such security
measures as fencing. Monday’s proposal called for a vinyl-covered
Anthony Laszewski implored the project’s developers to reconsider
the fencing details.
itself is very high end, but the fence doesn’t seem to match,”
Stratton will occupy 39.2 acres of the new 151.3-acre industrial
park, which will be developed in a series of phases.
Commission’s favorable recommendation will be forwarded on to the
Village Board for further deliberation and action.
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