Craig Planning and Zoning Commission OKs MJK site plan

At a glance

•  New MJK Sales & Feed plans include a 25,500-square-feet hardware building and a 29,040-square-feet lumber and feed building.

• Proposed new buildings are smaller than original buildings approved in April 2009, which included a 34,807-square-feet hardware building and a 36,769-square-feet lumber and feed building.

• The site being proposed for development is 915,670-square-feet, but development will not take place on 211,916-square-feet of the lot.

• Plans include landscaping on 36,916-square-feet of the lot, 8,766-square-feet more than required, including 78 trees and 88 shrubs.

• The plan includes room for 130 parking spaces, five of which will be handicap accessible.

The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission gave thumbs up Monday to MJK Sales & Feed for new site development plans.

At a special meeting Monday, the commission approved, 5-0, the plans re-submitted by owners Lonnie and Lorraine Kawcak with reduced square footages of two new buildings for their proposed development.

The development will be located about a half-mile west of the Moffat County Public Safety Center on First Street, Craig community development director Dave Costa said.

The planning and zoning commission originally approved site development plans for MJK in April 2009, Costa said.

The original plans called for two buildings to be built on the site — a 34,807-square-feet ACE Hardware building and a 36,769-square-feet lumber and feed building, Costa said.

The new plans call for 17,036-square-feet less combined development between the two buildings. The plans now include the hardware building at 25,500-square-feet and the lumber and feed building at 29,040-square feet, Costa said.

A 3,050-square-feet covered storage shed is no longer included in the new plans, Costa said.

MJK employee Ross Fralick outlined the plans to the planning and zoning commission.

“To keep a responsible budget, we have done some size reduction in the buildings,” he said. “We choose to keep the infrastructure the same as it was for the larger buildings with the hopes of expanding those buildings in the future as business dictates.”

Fralick said much of the new site plans remained similar to the old plan, including plans for utilities, grating and drainage.

“We have kept with the original intent and character of the buildings, same color schemes, material choices, our signage is the same (and the) site lighting has remained the same,” he said.

Lonnie Kawcak said he didn’t want to comment on when construction on the project would begin.

MJK’s current building located at 290 S. Ranney St. is about 14,000-square-feet, and the company will likely hire more staff to serve the increased space of the new buildings, Kawcak said.

Kawcak said lumber services would be new for the company, but didn’t comment further.

The lot that is being developed is 915,670-square-feet, Costa said.

MJK is proposing, however, to withhold development on 211,916 square feet in the southwest corner of the lot, on which it will plant native grasses.

The lot is located on light industrial zoned land, which requires 4 percent of the lot to be landscaped, Costa said. The plan calls for a total of 36,916-square-feet of landscaped area, 8,766-square-feet more than required.

Development plans indicate MJK will plant 78 trees and 88 shrubs, with landscaping in the parking lot included, all equipped with automatic irrigation, Costa said.

The parking lot will have room for 130 parking spaces, five of which will be handicap accessible. A bike rack, which will provide a minimum of three bicycle spaces, will be located near the main entrance of the hardware building, Costa said.

The hardware building has some stone veneer and metal siding of contrasting colors, and the feed and lumber building has metal siding of various colors.

After the meeting, planning and zoning commission chairman Jim Meineke said he thought the development would be a “great benefit” to the Craig community.

“It’s progress,” he said. “It is not a stalemate, it’s moving forward. It is what Craig, Colorado needs right now … more progress.”

Meineke was also pleased the potential development would create several new jobs.

“It looks all for the good to me,” he said. “I can’t find anything negative about it. In tough times, to have someone really going to go ahead and develop, we are very fortunate.”

The plans will go before the Craig City Council for consideration at the Sept. 14 meeting, Costa said.

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