The owners of bus converter Millennium Luxury Coaches may halt plans for a move from Sanford, Fla., to nearby DeBary if officials allow a concrete plant to build next to the proposed site for Millenium’s new manufacturing facility, according to the Daytona News Journal.
“This is a big issue with us,” said Evelyn Figueroa, who co-owns the company with her husband Nelson. “We build a high-end product and the clients do not want to drive into a backwoods manufacturing area next to a concrete plant with the noise and the dust. There are safety and aesthetic issues.”
Inland Materials partner Vince Murphy said the proposed plant would make concrete blocks, producing less dust and dirt than existing concrete plants within the industrial area.
City officials are requiring Inland Materials to build the plant on the site’s northwest corner, farthest away from the Millennium property, and maintain a 25-foot wide plant buffer along the east property line with Millennium.
The city council will meet tonight (March 2) to weigh the issues and discuss Inland Materials’ request for a special exception
Millennium currently operates from a leased site and company officials have worked with DeBary and Volusia County for more than a year to find a larger site.
The company recently purchased property and had plans to build a $2.2 million facility to assemble and refurbish buses into luxury motor homes and recreational vehicles with price tags that exceed $1 million.
DeBary has agreed to pay Millennium $45,000 over three years to increase the number of full-time jobs at the DeBary location from 30 to 55. Evelyn Figueroa said the company already has 40 employees and could easily expand to 60 in a couple years.