Wacker Chemical is back before Pittsfield Township Planning Commission Thursday with a revised rezoning request for a corporate headquarters that would employ about 300 people on Textile Road. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Pittsfield Township municipal building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave.
Planning commission, which has heard from residents concerned about how this plan would impact their neighborhood, voted against recommending the rezoning request when it met in May.
The 18.5-acre site in question is located in the Avis Farms South Business Park, adjacent to Thomson Reuters. Wacker is proposing a 140,622 square-foot building. The property is zoned for planned unit development.
According to township planning consultant Carlisle Wortman, Wacker has addressed several issues planners had with the plan.
- The height now meets the Avis Farm PUD, 2-story, 35-foot maximum. It's 32-feet tall with a three-foot tall ventilation stack.
- A previous request to deviate from parking requirements has been scrapped.
- A request for a larger sign has been eliminated.
At a community forum in February, Wacker CEO David Wilhoit, assured residents that chemical production will remain in Lenawee County. The Pittsfield location will be home to company headquarters and some laboratory research, he said. About 70 percent of the building will be dedicated to management, administration, finance and other corporate departments. About 30 percent of the building will be used to develop technologies and test applications for silicone and cyclodextrin, which Wilhoit said were widely used chemicals found in kitchen utensils, adhesives and even food additives.