GERMANTOWN – The Planning Commission this week approved a site plan for Capstone 41, a new industrial park development off Holy Hill Road, so the plan to add nearly 800,000 square feet of retail space industry in the village can continue.
The Planning Commission on Monday evening approved the site plan with certain conditions, as well as several other elements required for the project which will span 52.5 acres on the south side of Holy Hill Road, between Interstate 41 and Goldendale Road. .
The site plan approved this week only covers the first phase of the project, which includes site improvements, utility works and a 203,580 square foot industrial building. This building will be built on speculation, so the companies that will end up using the space are not yet known.
The second phase, for which the developer is planning two additional buildings that will bring the entire site to a total of approximately 785,400 square feet of building space, will require separate site plan approval when the time comes.
The Plan Commission approved the site plan with a list of conditions on which approval is contingent, such as Capstone Quadrangle must adjust the lighting plan so that lights do not exceed 25 feet, and additional landscaping must be scheduled for scouting around the site. At the committee meeting, another condition was added by amendment that Capstone must add additional details to building entrances, such as awnings.
“I’m fine with the rest of the building, just dress up the entrances a bit,” said Planning Commissioner David Baum.
In previous discussions of the Capstone 41 project — it’s been in the planning stages in Germantown for months — some concerns have been raised about the building’s planned appearance. Recent community feedback on Germantown’s planning efforts has indicated that residents dislike the monotonous colors and united appearance of buildings and prefer more interesting details in the design of the development.
“What we’re doing with the exterior of the building is pretty much anything you can do with precast panels,” said Mike Faber of Capstone Quadrangle. Since the previous discussion, the developer has added texture, adjusted colors, and added joints and details to the exterior design of the building.
During the public hearing for the Capstone Quadrangle project, the village administrator, Jan Miller, spoke out against the conditional use permit requested by the developer to encroach on the site’s wetland setbacks. Miller said she would never support wetland encroachment or setbacks because water and natural areas are a vital resource for Germantown.
Village planner Jeff Retzlaff noted that the wetland itself will not be affected; some grading will be changed in the setback area to allow for development, and Capstone Quadrangle will undertake mitigation measures by planting the site to compensate for the changes.
“There’s no proposed impact on actual wetlands… There’s just a 25-foot wetland encroachment and 75-foot setbacks on waterways,” Retzlaff said.
“Native plantations are being established in these areas and some additional plantations in other places,” he added.
The encroachment permit has been approved.
The 52.5 acres planned for Capstone 41 are being rezoned to allow limited industrial use, such as light manufacturing, assembly, warehouse, distribution or e-commerce, which was also cleared by the Planning Commission this week.
“It’s consistent with the zoning of the property that surrounds it,” Retzlaff said.
The commission also approved a certified survey map to divide this parcel into two lots for development and a weir, to be used for stormwater retention. The first lot of 13.5 acres will be used for the phase one building.