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Tallmadge -- Martin Wheel Co.'s proposed warehouse expansion is even closer now that City Council approved the rezoning of its recently acquired property from commercial to industrial May 22.
The city's Planning and Zoning Commission recommended to Council earlier this month that it approve the zoning change for the 2-acre property at 360 West Ave. so the wheel manufacturer, which is a division of Americana Development Inc., could move forward with the addition for its existing building.
The property is zoned Commercial-4 and will be rezoned to Industrial-1. The ordinance will be effective in 30 days, according to Law Director Megan Raber.
Last October, the company bought the property, which is to the west of its manufacturing facility at 342 West Ave., with plans of expanding, Martin Wheel President Thomas Hartmann said earlier this year.
Darrell Ruthrauff, vice president and general manager of Kenda Tire & Wheel, a Martin Wheel division, said Martin Wheel's manufacturing operations will remain in the original building. The property that will be used for parking, and the addition on the building will be used for storage.
Plant Manager Jim Williams said the addition will add about 80,000 to 100,000-square-feet of warehouse space to the estimated 135,000-square-foot facility, which will allow the company to save money by closing its two rented warehouses in Akron and consolidating them into the building.
He wasn't able to estimate how much the building addition would cost.
Construction for the addition could begin sometime in 2015 and last for seven to 10 months, he said.
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