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Fryman permit approved

Published 10:06pm Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dowagiac City Council Monday night confirmed planners’ Jan. 3 recommendation for conditional approval of a special land-use permit for Jerry Fryman to establish a plastic recycling facility that employs 43 people in the 53,000-square-foot structure at 300 East Railroad St. remaining from Jessup Door.
Four conditions include an 85-decibel limit at the property line.
“This is an expansion of their operation,” City Manager Kevin Anderson said. Fryman will maintain its facility on M-51 South in Pokagon Township and consolidate three warehouses, including two here in town.
Council, following a public hearing, also approved the fourth revision to the city brownfield plan since its inception in December 2008.
“Inclusion of the area around the former ICG property, where Premier is about to start operations, opens us up to recover some additional environmental costs,” Anderson said. “More importantly, it allows us to use funds for grant match for road improvements.”
“This multijurisdictional project exemplifies the true meaning of teamwork,” economic development consultant Cindy LaGrow added. “It involves local, county, state and federal employees.”

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