The town of Bristol, Ind., could be in for a new trailer manufacturing facility following a meeting of the Elkhart County Plan Commission Thursday morning. Approved Thursday was a request by the Agnes B. Blakesley Trust and Universal Trailer Corp., represented by Marbach, Brady and Weaver Inc., for a zoning map change from Agriculture-1 to General Planned Unit Development Manufacturing-2. The property is in the Bristol Park For Industry.
According to the Goshen News, Universal Trailer Corp. owners are considering purchasing the property for a 43-acre parcel located on the southwest corner of C.R. 4 and C.R. 29, from the Blakesley Trust with the goal of converting the property into a trailer manufacturing and outdoor storage facility.
The Cincinnati, Ohio company manufactures livestock, automotive and equipment trailers under a variety of brands, including Haulmark in Bristol and Wells Cargo in Elkhart.
“The main reason we’re starting with a GPUD is so that the developer can have a comfort level that this use will be allowed here,” said project representative Chris Marbach. “Assuming he gets the approval for that use, then he will go ahead and purchase the property and begin the process for a site plan Detailed Planned Unit Development application.”
According to Marbach, phase one of the project involves construction of a 120,000-square-foot building on the property. Four additional future phases planned would result in a 360,000-square-foot facility. In addition, the plan calls for 460 off-street parking spaces, with an additional 1,146 spaces for trailer storage.
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