Planners give favorable review to Kunzler project

Company hopes to begin work on $4M expansion in May or June

Kunzler & Co.’s plant expansion project received a favorable review Thursday from Blair County Planning Commission members.

Kunzler plans to construct a 10,694-square-foot building expansion to its existing plant in Snyder Township.

In addition to the expansion, a gravel parking lot, concrete loading pad area, concrete sidewalks adjacent to the proposed structure, a paved access driveway and stormwater management facilities will be constructed.

The site’s location within the 100-year floodplain is a concern, and development within the special flood hazard area is generally discouraged.

However, the finished floor elevation of the proposed expansion is stated to be 908.32 feet above sea level, which is above the base flood elevation of 907 to 908 feet in this location, said Jamie L. Klink, community planner.

Additionally the placement of a bioretention basin within the flood plain should help to lower the chance of negative impacts from flooding on the expansion, Klink said.

Kunzler hopes to begin construction on the estimated $4 million project, which will lead to the addition of 16 to 20 new jobs, in May or June and be under roof by November and be completed in early 2019, said Dave Grazier, plant general manager.

On March 1, commission members gave a positive review to another Kunzler project — a parking lot development plan along Lucas Street and Garden Avenue.

The project calls for a 31-space paved parking lot for employees.

Additionally, a lot merger is proposed between two parcels that comprise the site and a 0.213-acre portion of the adjacent Lucas Street into a single 0.81-acre lot.