CRETE | The village board approved the site plan for a new $7 million business to break ground and begin development.
At Monday night’s regular board meeting, the village board unanimously approved the site plan for Al-Amin Transportation to build a 34,000 sq. ft. expandable cold food storage plant and a 10,000 sq. ft. office facility on the corner of Route 1 and Old Monee Road.
The cold food storage facility can be expanded to 68,000 sq. ft. in the future, which is part of the long-term plan.
Dan Krauss, of Krauss Construction, was on hand along with representatives of Al-Amin to answer any questions that the board had regarding the site plan.
“We have met with the Planning Commission several times and got a favorable recommendation from them at the last meeting,” Krauss told the board. “We have also modified our original plan to ensure that we followed all of the current zoning for that area.”
Both the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board passed favorable recommendations to the village board prior to Monday night’s meeting.
Village President Michael Einhorn said that the cold food storage plant will provide 40 jobs with an average pay of $50,000 each.
“That will do a lot for our community,” he said. “Plus the village will see revenue from property taxes.”
To support the endeavor, the village has agreed to use TIF funds to develop the infrastructure along Old Monee Road. The village will cover the cost of installing water, sewer, road expansion, and right-of-way.
“By doing the infrastructure work, we help Al-Amin,” Einhorn said. “But because it is infrastructure that is shared, other businesses that develop along that corridor will be able to use it.”
Now that the site plan has been approved, the next step is to issue building permits.
“Al-Amin is interested in moving forward and developing, and so are we,” Einhorn said. “So we will try to help them expedite the process.”
Currently, Al-Amin has a dispatch transportation hub located on Paxton Ave. in Lansing.
The board also approved an ordinance to raise the cost of a Class C liquor license from $400 annually to $800.
The fire department announced that it had received a $24,300 small equipment grant from the state-funded Fire Protection program.
A town hall meeting has been scheduled at Village Hall on Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m. with state representative Thaddeus Jones.