Dixon Valve receives preliminary OK for new headquarters
CHESTERTOWN — Without dissent, the planning commission on Dec. 20 granted preliminary site plan approval for the Dixon Valve & Coupling Co. headquarters, phase two of the Chestertown Business Campus that when completed will transform the northern gateway to town.
Bryan Matthews, vice president of KRM Development Corp., told the Chestertown Planning Commission that the tentative timeline to break ground is in September. It will take about a year to complete the project, he said.
KRM is the real estate division of Dixon Valve and the developer of the Chestertown Business Campus, which is located on an 84acre tract that the Town of Chestertown annexed in 2016. There will be a warehouse, a fitness center and apartments — in addition to the new Dixon Valve headquarters.
Ground was broken in June for the 150,000-squarefoot warehouse, which will replace the existing facility in the KRM-owned Chestertown Business Park in the 800-block of High Street.
Matthews said the warehouse’s “skeletal building” should be completed in September 2018; the hope is to move in December 2018-January 2019.
When quizzed by the planners, Matthews estimated the total employees for the warehouse and headquarters to be 150. The buildings will share a parking lot with nearly 300 spaces.
“We’re providing more than what is required,” said engineer Kevin Shearon of DMS & Associates, whose presentation included 32 slides. The required parking is 232.
“We’re planning for our busiest days. On a typical day we will have empty spaces,” Matthews said.
Phase one under construction currently extends Haacke Drive up to and in- cluding the warehouse.
Shearon said phase two will extend Warner Drive, which is the intersection with Haacke Drive, and take it around to parallel state Route 213. It will include a new access onto Route 213.
Plans already have been submitted to the State Highway Administration for pre- liminary review, Shearon said.
The Route 213 access will be in the area of where Atlantic Security and State Farm Insurance are located.
Required entrance improvements will include widening Route 213 to accommodate a bike lane and acceleration and deceleration lanes, Shearon said. Bump-outs will result in extending the center turn lane — in the area of Crestview Square — across the frontage of the property.
Some utilities would have to be relocated.
The stormwater management facility is still in the design phase, Shearon said.
He included landscape and lighting plans with his presentation.
Shearon said the footprint of the two-story office building would be about about 32,000 square feet, for a total of 64,800 square feet.
KRM is working with the architect that designed the warehouse to bring uniformity to the project.
Also by unanimous vote, the planning commission granted preliminary and final site plan approval for a proposed five-space parking lot behind Washington College’s Rose O’Neil Literary House. Director of Physical Plant Valerie RiChard and Joseph Case, grounds and landscape manager, appeared on behalf of the college.
RiChard told the commission that dedicated space was needed for Literary House events because parking in the area is usually filled. One space would be designated for handicapped parking.
The Literary House at 407 Washington Ave. is located adjacent to Caroline Hall dormitory and the college’s health center.
Work is underway on phase one of the Chestertown Business Campus, which is accessed by Haacke Drive. Ground was broken in June for a 150,000-square-foot warehouse. Our photograph was taken Tuesday, Dec. 26.