Dixon Valve re­ceives pre­lim­i­nary OK for new head­quar­ters

Kent County News - - NEWS - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­tynews.com

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.

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