Hudson -- International Precision Casting Systems, headquartered in the United Kingdom, received the planning commission's approval Jan. 14 to initiate a new start-up business at 1570 Terex Road, the former Clarke Ford Service Center.
Craig Mackey, representing International Precision Casting Systems, said they will employ from 10 to 20 persons at the facility.
The commission voted 6-1 to approve a change of use from commercial to light industrial, an acceptable use for District 8. The commission waived a requirement for sidewalks.
Planning Commission member Rob Kagler objected to the waiver of sidewalks and was the lone member who voted against the approval.
"I think this would be a good time for sidewalks there," Kagler said.
Mark Richardson, Community Development Director, said there were no sidewalks on either side of the property at 1570 Terex Road.
"I can't imagine any reason to put sidewalks there," Richardson said.
Kagler said there might not be anything there now but there could be in the future. He suggested sidewalks at the location could be used by pedestrians at the city's annual fireworks display in July. He suggested sidewalks there would further the city's goal of connectivity.
Charles Wiedie, Hudson's economic development director, said he supported waiving the sidewalk requirement.
"There's no sidewalks there now," Wiedie said.
The new business will be introduced to the facility in two phases. The proposed activity for the building in phase one is conducting research used in the metal casting industry including waxes and ceramics and the second phase is to manufacture or blend raw materials and supply those materials to companies that do the casting, according to Richardson.
Tom Paul, of Paul Architects, presented interior renovation plans for the 51,380-square-foot building to the planning commission at its Jan. 14 meeting. He estimated the cost of the interior and exterior renovations at $125,000. Enterprise Car Rental, currently renting a small portion of the building, will remain.