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
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
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
“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
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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