Hartford panel approves plans for business expansion projects
Carmex, Larpen Metallurgical seek OK to build or expand in industrial park

By Joe VanDeLaarschot

July 10, 2019

HARTFORD — Actions by the city’s Plan Commission on Monday night will allow the expansion of two existing area businesses in the city’s Dodge Industrial Park.

Commissioners approved a conditional use permit that will allow Carmex Precision Tools to construct an approximately 7,400 square-foot building at 2011 Innovation Drive. Commissioners also approved the site plan for an approximately 1,500 square-foot addition to the Larpen Metallurgical Services building at 1111 Western Drive.

Carmex currently leases a smaller building in Richfield. The move to Hartford will allow it to own a larger facility. City officials cited growth by both companies as reasons for expansion and construction.

City Planner Justin Drew said Carmex needed the conditional use permit because the construction site is within the wellhead protection overlay district, which requires closer scrutiny for construction plans in order to protect the municipal water supply.

 “Wellhead #15 lies about 1,200 feet away and the district covers anything within 1,500 feet of the well,” Drew said.

He said the impact of the Carmex construction will be “minimal” because it will be used only for sales offices and product distribution and is not an intensive industrial use.

“You could say this proposal is almost a perfect use for property within the wellhead protection overlay district,” Drew said. “There will be no hazardous materials stored on site. The applicant is required to immediately notify city staff if they intend to house hazardous materials and appropriate containment areas for the hazardous materials will be required.”

Drew said one structure, about 7,387 square feet, is proposed although ample room for expansion exists on the 2.5 acre site.

Larpen Metallurgical Services needed the site plan approved so they could construct an addition of about 1,460 square feet to their existing building, which is nearly 3,900 square feet and is on a 1.7 acre lot.

“A new certified survey map also needed to be created because they are adding property from their adjacent manufacturing lot (1049 Western Drive) to allow enough space for the building addition,” Drew said. “The addition will be located south of the existing building and would include offices, a conference room, restrooms and mechanical rooms.”

Drew said the landscaping plan shows five ornamental flowering trees and numerous perennials and flowering shrubs flanking a new patio area and a putting green for employees.

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