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Porter Planners OK site plan for trucking terminal

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The Porter Plan Commission approved a site plan for a new trucking facility on U.S. 20 at its meeting last week.

St. Cloud, Minn., based Anderson Trucking (ATS) is planning to build a terminal for truck repair and training on the south side of U.S. 20 between Shelton Fireworks and the TA-owned Shell gas station across from the larger TA truck stop. The new facility will be approximately 35,000 square feet with paved parking around it, and will replace a terminal they currently have in Gary.

Representatives from ATS said the build won’t require any additional paving--the new building’s footprint will be entirely on the footprint of the existing lot, so no greenspace around the site will be lost.

The Representatives also said ATS is very safety conscious, and is negotiating with TA on an easement that would allow trucks going to the new facility to use the access road that lets out at the light in front of Shelton Fireworks. Trucks from the new facility will not be exiting from the road behind the smaller TA gas station that lets out onto 20 at the crest of a hill.

Building Commissioner Michael Barry said the site will be protected with barbed wire fencing and security gates.

The Planners approved the site plan, then later conducted a preliminary hearing of ATS’s request to rezone the property from B-3, general business, to I-1, light industrial. Light industrial zoning is more restrictive and better suits their business, according to Town Planner Jim Mandon. The Planners set the rezone for public hearing at their next meeting, Dec. 18.

In other business, the Planners tabled a discussion of changing Town code regarding use variances.




Posted 11/29/2019




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