Buckeye Research & Manufacturing’s expansion plans will move forward with a new 12,500-square-foot research and engineering lab on Factory Road.
Beavercreek City Council approved site plans Monday for the proposed building that were submitted by land owner Ronald Miller Sr. of Miller Adams Electric.
The lab will be located on 1.2 acres of land on Factory Road south of Richmar Drive.
Buckeye Research & Manufacturing, which has eight employees, is building the lab to accommodate revenue and employee growth, according to Robert P. Deen, the president and owner.
“We are in the position now that we can’t grow our business due to the lack of space and with having the lack of space we can’t hire any more employees,” Deen wrote in a letter to the city. “We have steadily grown every year over the last 6 1/2 years not only with employees but revenue. We have future opportunities that we would like to take advantage of but cannot due to lack of space.”
According to city records, several agencies including the city engineer’s office initially required Miller to widen Factory Road.
“That left turn is the issue,” said Jeff Moorman, the city engineer, to the council. “We worked out a compromise.”
The city and Miller reached an agreement to build a “traffic control island.” The island would prevent drivers, traveling north on Factory Road, from making a left turn onto the property. There was concern that traffic would backup to Ohio 35 without the island.
The estimated cost of the proposed traffic remedy is $100,000, Moorman said.
Beavercreek City Councilwoman Vicki Giambrone voted against the proposed site plan.
“I think the project’s a great one,” Giambrone said. “I’m concerned about traffic.”
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