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Pride Pak plan passes County Planning Board

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 October 2015 at 12:00 am

This shows a rendering of the new building on Maple Ridge Road across from GCC.

MEDINA – The Orleans County Planning Board reviewed the site plan for a new 62,000-square-foot vegetable processing facility last week and recommended the Village of Medina approve the plan.

Pride Pak wants to break ground on the project next month and be ready for production in June. The Canadian-based company says it will hire 85-100 employees in phase one of the project. It expects it will expand from the 62,000-square-foot building in the future and employ 200 people.

The company will build on Route 31A across from Genesee Community College in an area zoned as light industrial in the Maple Ridge Overlay District.

The company is proposing 106 parking spaces, with 100 designated for employees and six for visitors. The village code for the Maple Ridge Overlay District calls for 5 spaces per 1,000 square feet for a building, which would be 310 spaces for a 62,000-square-foot building. For light industrial sites, there should be 2 spaces per 1,000 square feet or 124 for Pride Pak, according to the code.

However, Medina allows for “a reasonable reduction” in parking spaces if the company can show there isn’t an overflow parking problem and it won’t adversely impact access roads.

The County Planning Board said additional parking could always be added if it proves a problem, but the board didn’t foresee a need for more than 106 given the production-only nature of the facility.

The site plan goes to the Village Planning Board for a final vote on Nov. 3.