A Garner business owner hoping to expand to a location just outside Wendell is seeking adjustments to the town’s development rules that would allow the company to build a new warehouse on property it wants the town to annex.
AAA Louvers & Millwork, which has been in the area since 1988, wants to build an 18,000-square-foot facility on a 15-acre piece of property off Wendell Boulevard behind Vardy Human Performance Center, according to Clint Ferrell of Icon Commercial, a Garner-based real estate brokerage firm. AAA wants to build on part of the property and divide the rest into two tracts it plans to sell.
The developer is looking at building or rebuilding 1,850 feet of roadway, Ferrell said, and the town’s Unified Development Ordinance requires building sidewalks on each side, as well as curbs and gutters, streetlights and landscaping.
“It would be the nicest street in Wendell, and it would be on an industrial site,” Ferrell said.
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The improvements required by the UDO would raise the cost by $225,000 to $750,000, Ferrell said.
Louvers are openings in doors or windows with slanted strips to allow air flow while keeping out the rain and sun. AAA also provides custom millwork and PVC products.
Ferrell appeared before the Town Board in February to let the town know about AAA’s concerns, and Icon and AAA are working with the town staff to draft a plan using a conditional district rezoning.
Town Planning Director David Bergmark pointed to the 4,000-home Wendell Falls project begun last year after a decade of fits and starts as an example of where the town has been able to adjust the UDO to the benefit of both the developer and the town.
“Ultimately it will be the board’s decision,” Bergmark said.
AAA would have to apply for annexation to get water and sewer service from the town to develop the property.
Ferrell projects that the AAA warehouse would add up to $1.5 million to the town’s tax base, meaning $7,350 for the town in property taxes each year, in addition to potential development on the part of the property AAA plans to sell. Icon estimates a total tax value of $5 million including development on the land AAA won’t be using itself, for an annual take of $24,500 for the town.
Ferrell is also concerned about some of the setback requirements in the UDO.
“The UDO is a blanket,” Ferrell said. “So municipalities need to have flexibility to adapt it, especially with regards to property that needs to be annexed in.”
The company has 10 employees and projects $2 million in revenue this year.
Matt Goad: 919-829-4826