A 180,000 square foot addition to a Peachtree City industry was approved by the Planning Commission Monday night.
Beyond that big addition, the project is anticipated to make way for 120 or more new jobs at Gerresheimer, located off Ga. Highway 74 South in the city’s industrial park.
Gerresheimer is known as the European market leader for manufacturing medical drug-delivery plastic systems. It also makes other glass and plastic products used by the pharma and life science industry including complex drug delivery systems.
The plan includes an additional 251 parking spaces including a handful more in front of the building to handle more customers. The site is 16 acres and the project will be built by Tiernan and Patrylo.
The Gerresheimer campus is located next to Hoshizaki America and also abuts the Flat Creek Nature Area. Currently the company has a 61,000 sq. ft. manufacturing building.
In addition to the four proposed buildings for the site, the plan includes adding a deceleration lane to Ga. Highway 74 that would lead into a new driveway to allow truck traffic to be separated from the rest of the vehicle circulation pattern, noted City Planner David Rast.
The property is already zoned for the expansion and would not require any further approval by the City Council.
The plant, formerly known as Wilden Plastics, was acquired by Gerresheimer in 2007.
Planning Commissioner David Conner noted that he wants to see each significant planting area on the site to be “well above and beyond” the city’s minimum landscaping requirements. The plan will need an encroachment variance from the city council to accommodate some of the additional parking spaces in front of the building.
Commission Chairman Frank Destadio thanked the company for not just operating in Peachtree City but for undertaking the expansion and new job creation.
The conceptual plan for the expansion was approved with nine conditions recommended by city staff.