Perry Way addition supported by panel

September 12, 2018

The Watertown Site Plan Review Committee recommended approval of an addition to Perry Way Foods at 1222 Perry Way during a meeting on Monday.

Perry Way Foods is planning a 3,300-square-foot addition to the east side of its building, according to Mark Stafford, project manager of Maas Bros., contractor for the project.

Stafford explained there is an existing women’s locker room within the employee entrance way and some demolition work will make a new exit pathway for the men’s locker room and one large break room.

The committee asked a few questions and gave a few small ideas during the meeting.

The committee also reviewed the planned unit development plan at 426 S. Montgomery St. Rock River Gymnastics plans to move into this building after issues with flooding in its original location on Wakoka Street.

The committee gave its thoughts on what needed to be done to Lori Holland, owner of Rock River Gymnastics.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Gordon explained that the building is currently considered an industrial or storage occupancy and what Holland is trying to do is change it to an assembly occupancy because there will be people using it for entertainment purposes. Assembly occupancy has to abide by different codes and Gordon said the change of occupancies means the building plan has to be brought up to code as if it was a new building.

A concern brought up in the meeting was parking and working with the company nearby that has semi trucks coming and going in the area.

Capt. Curt Kleppin of the Watertown Police Department asked if there would be redirecting of truck traffic through a different exit and Holland said that was being discussed. Kleppin said years ago trucks coming in and out of the other exit met with opposition by neighbors. An agreement was made to bring the trucks via the front entrance. Kleppin told her that they have to make sure the traffic isn’t going through while they are there. He continued that an architect can help figure out how many parking spots the place will need and there might have to be some handicap spots.

Holland said the building owner, who was not present, told her the space was about 24,000 square feet and she only wants 15,000 square feet. The owner’s plan is to make a divider which Gordon said would have to be a firewall.

Holland was asked to get some drawings showing where water would be tapped for bathrooms.

The committee recommended that Holland hire an architect to help with the issues discussed during the meeting.

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