By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT Daily News
RICHFIELD — Three proposed building projects in the village are in the planning stages, but are growing closer to fruition after Thursday night’s Plan Commission meeting.
Schwendimann needed a conditional use permit to move ahead with the project, which was the former location of a church and some businesses, which the commission approved.
Last year, the village changed the zoning of the property the building is located on to allow Schwendimann to move forward once he acquires a conditional use permit. The land surrounding the building is zoned for agricultural use so he is already allowed to grow crops there.
Schwendimann wants to build a large 30,000-square-foot barn that could house 200-250 dairy cattle. Milk from the cows would be used to make various dairy products including cheese, yogurt, butter and other items. He also wants to construct greenhouses on the property to allow the growing of produce and other food items.
Schwendimann plans to also have space in the main building to serve food, operate as a delicatessen and operate a specialty grocery store.
There was some opposition to the proposal.
“I really question what the raising of 200-250 cows will do to the water levels in the area,” nearby property owner Patty Groeschl said. “You also have to consider the smell from that number of cows as well.”
Interim Village Administrator Jim Healy said the town’s water protection ordinance will ensure the village’s water is protected.
“The land where he wants to construct the barn and raise the cows is already zoned agricultural and the barn and animals are a permitted use for that property,” Healy said.
The committee also discussed a significant expansion of Northbrook Church, 4014 Highway 167. The church is proposing a larger area for worship and a larger area for community and social events.
The cost would range in the area of several million dollars, according to Healy. The village’s architectural design committee approved the design in January, now the site plan and other hurdles need commission and village approval. The building would be expanded toward Highway 167 to the south.
Church officials say the project is needed because the congregation is growing and they need more space for worship and community gatherings. The village has been working with the church on the proposal since late 2013.
Site, building and operation plans were examined by the commission. The building plan was approved, but village staff recommended the commission table approving the site plan until some further questions were answered regarding landscaping in the parking lots.
Johnny Manhattan’s plans OK’d
In another proposed project, Nancy Manhattan wants to expand Johnny Manhattan’s on a 1.37-acre parcel at 3718 Hubertus Road. Site, building and operation plans for that project were also discussed by the commission.
Manhattan wants to expand the business with a 3,700-square-foot addition to the north. That portion of the property was rezoned last year to allow the expansion. The expansion will mean a doubling of the size of the business and would create a larger dining room, kitchen and bar area.
The commission approved the site and building and operations plans for project proposed for the restaurant.