by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter
The Rogers City Council received the results of the Environmental Assessment Worksheet for development of the Kinghorn Industrial Park. The report assessed the potential for significant environmental effects that could result from development.
The 114-acre site lies north of I-94, west of Brockton Lane, and south of David Koch Avenue. The land has been in the Kinghorn family for more than a century as part of a larger original homestead and has been mostly used for agriculture. The land currently contains 29 acres of woodland, 21 acres of wetland, 54 acres of cropland, and 6 acres of brush and grassland.
The proposed project involves developing the site in three phases. Site 1 has already received development approval and is home to the CLAM Corporation. That site has the potential for up to 200,000 square feet of building.
A second site is currently being considered for a 200,000 square foot industrial building. The third and final site is being assessed for 349,000 square feet of industrial building development.
The assessment looked at the site’s potential water consumption and wastewater generation and found that both were well within the capacity of the Rogers Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Overall, the project could create 56.4 acres of impervious area, mostly buildings and paved surfaces. Approximately 26.7 acres of woodland could be removed to make way for the three developments and the new roads necessary to reach them. An estimated one to three acres of wetlands will also be affected.
Though the Council was satisfied with the report and are in favor of development of the land, several were unhappy about losing the woods.
“I’m saddened about losing that woods. I’d really like to see part of that stay,” said Council member Maureen Stanley.
City Engineer, Bret Weiss, told the Council that there aren’t laws that preserve the trees, mostly sugar maple and basswood, but there are very strict laws protecting the wetlands and minimizing impact on them. He said it was a shame because the wetlands on the Kinghorn property aren’t very good quality wetlands but the woods are.
Weiss reassured the Council, “From a staff standpoint, if the project moves forward we’d like to find a way to preserve as much of those woods as possible. It’s a beautiful buffer along the highway.”
He also told them that when development does occur, he can work closely with developers to minimize their impact on the trees.
In other matters, the Council is reviewing a potential location for a proposed new police station. An existing building is for sale on Industrial Boulevard that could save the City $2 million in project costs.
The City is also planning on holding a groundbreaking ceremony for a planned Veterans Memorial. The groundbreaking is at 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Triangle Park.