Home Depot eyes Troy Township site PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN/Sentinel County Editor   
Saturday, 27 April 2013 04:16
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Troy Township may become home to a massive Home Depot warehouse and distribution center.
Though the site still has to get corporate approval, the company has submitted site plans to the Troy Township Zoning Commission for a facility in the southwest corner of U.S. 20 and Pemberville Road, according to Wade Gottschalk, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission.
Home Depot is looking at approximately 157 acres just north of the peaking power plant off Pemberville Road, Gottschalk said.
It is not known how many people the facility could employ, but the plant will be massive, according to Gottschalk. The plans call for a 1.6 million square foot plant. That is more than the 1.2 million square foot Chrysler Machining Plant in Perrysburg Township, and four times the size of the new Calphalon facility on Ohio 25 north of Bowling Green. 
The company still has to get site plan approval and incentives before making a final decision on the location, Gottschalk said.
“They consider lots of sites,” he said. “They are doing their due diligence.”
But Gottschalk is hopeful the Troy Township site will win out.
“We’ve been working on this project for a long time,” he said. “It would be a great project, a great company to make an investment in Wood County.”
The project would have no impact on the Home Depot distribution center near Findlay, according to Gottschalk.
Plans for the proposed site will go before the Troy Township Zoning Commission on May 9 at 7 p.m., in the township hall. The property is already zoned as a planned business district.
The company will also be seeking incentives from the state and county, Gottschalk predicted. Though no timelines have been mentioned, he hopes the company officially selects the site by the end of June.
“It will be a substantial investment to the tax base,” he said, and generate “substantial employment as well.”
The acreage being eyed is part of the 446-acre Eastwood Commerce Center owned by Dominion Resources, which operates the power peaking plant there.
“It’s a great location,” Gottschalk said. “It’s ready for development. It’s perfect — you’ve got a site ready to go.”
The county economic development commission has worked with the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, CSX Transportation and other entities to have the acreage prepped with water, sewer services, proper zoning and a new interchange at Route 20 and Ohio 420. The property has received the ranking of a “Jobs Ready Site.”
“The fact that they are considering this site validates all the efforts we’ve made,” he said.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 07:59
 

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