Dixon Valve gets fi­nal OK for head­quar­ters

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

CH­ESTER­TOWN — With­out dis­sent, the plan­ning com­mis­sion on Oct. 17 granted fi­nal site plan ap­proval for the Dixon Valve and Cou­pling Co. head­quar­ters, phase two of the Ch­ester­town Busi­ness Cam­pus that will trans­form the north­ern gate­way to town.

The ten­ta­tive time­line to break ground for the twos­tory, 64,800-square-foot build­ing is De­cem­ber/Jan­uary, KRM Pres­i­dent Kate Gray said. Con­struc­tion will take about a year.

When com­pleted, all of­fices that are cur­rently lo­cated at 800 High St. will move, Gray said. She es­ti­mated that to be 130 em­ploy­ees.

No man­u­fac­tur­ing per­son­nel will move in this phase of the project.

KRM is the real es­tate di­vi­sion of Dixon Valve and the de­vel­oper of the Ch­ester­town Busi­ness Cam­pus, which is on an 84-acre 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 2017 for the 150,000-square­foot ware­house, which will re­place the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity in the KRM-owned Ch­ester­town Busi­ness Park.

Gray, KRM Vice Pres­i­dent Bryan Matthews and en­gi­neer Kevin Shearon of DMS and As­so­ciates at­tended last week’s Ch­ester­town Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meeting.

The head­quar­ters project re­ceived pre­lim­i­nary site plan ap­proval last De­cem­ber. About the only change in the fi­nal plan was the waiver of 162 re­quired park­ing spa­ces. The ap­proved plan shows only 148 spa­ces. There are 92 ad­di­tional spa­ces at the dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter, which will share a park­ing lot with the head­quar­ters build­ing.

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