A request for a special-use permit on property at 400 N. Reimann Ave., Sandwich, was approved last week by Sandwich City Council members.
The permit passed on the recommendation of council members after the request was discussed at a Committee of the Whole meeting a week before.
John Ferrario Sr., owner of C. Skye Enterprises and owner of the land, said he wanted the special-use permit so he could build a concrete construction warehouse on his site, which is zoned M-2 for manufacturing.
The request had gone before the plan commission for review and received a recommendation for approval.
Ferrario said he has another site about a block away, but it is not large enough for the building he needs.
Ferrario said it will be built on only part of a 100,000-square-foot concrete slab on the 14-acre site because he has no use for a building large enough to cover the entire slab. He said the proposed building will be all steel.
Ferrario said he needs the building to store his vehicles, which includes about a dozen pickup trucks and another dozen larger vehicles, such as cranes and six-wheelers. There are no semis, he said.
“I want to get as many vehicles as possible into the building because of theft at the present site,” he said. He also plans to house his concrete forms and other items of his concrete construction trade in the proposed building.
However, he will not include an office in the building, he noted, adding that he will never lease any part of the property for someone else to build on.
Tom Horak, public works director, said Ferrario testified at the commission meeting that at least half of the 14-acre site is now used for agriculture purposes and will continue to be used for agriculture for at least five years.
If Ferrario wants to change the use, he would have to apply for another special-use permit, Horak said.
No action on radio tower
An agreement between the city and DeKalb County for construction of a 300-foot radio tower in the city also was discussed, but no action was taken. Council members said they want more information on the request and where it will be located.