Albanese expansion could double size of facility

2014-04-24T20:30:00Z 2014-04-24T22:40:21Z Albanese expansion could double size of facilityCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 24, 2014 8:30 pm  • 

HOBART | A proposed expansion of Albanese Confectionery could more than double the size of the existing Hobart facility.

A site plan for the expansion plan was filed this week and will be discussed in depth at a Hobart Plan Commission meeting May 1.

James Dragon, director of engineering at Albanese, said the facility could add up to 190,000 square feet, which would allow the company to consolidate off-site locations into the Hobart plant and add to its production capabilities.

None of the retail Albanese locations would be affected, Dragon said. He said more details of the expansion would be discussed at the meeting.

According to the site plan, there are plans to put up a 4-foot mound berm on the south side of the property along 83rd Avenue, complete with about 100 trees. That would help address some of the concerns of residents who live along that street.

The plan also calls for an entrance on the west end of the property for trucks and for employees, as well as additional parking both for the north-facing retail store and for employees.

The plant sits on about 21 acres at U.S. 30 and Grand Boulevard. For the past few months, Albanese representatives have been coming before the Plan Commission requesting smaller parcels of land around the property be rezoned and added to the their land parcel.

The Hobart City Council has approved real estate resolutions and personal property tax abatement requests for the expansion. A public hearing on those issues is scheduled during the May 7 council meeting.

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