“Thank you for your investment in the area, and best of luck to you,” Mayor Pat Moeller told Marino before council voted to grant the conditional use.
Marino said the area around the property isn’t the best, with at least one burned-out, vacant property nearby. The city seems to be making very slow progress in the area, but he said he knows some area properties are scheduled to be torn down.
“At least they let us in here,” Marino said. “So that’s a good thing.”
The buildings on the property are about 8,000 square feet, and the office area at 611 Maple is “stout,” with the warehouse relatively new, at about 20 years old, Marino said.
Michael Rapp of West Chester, representing the company, told the council in early March, at the meeting before the vote was taken, “We are just looking forward for the opportunity to move there. Our business is growing quickly. It’s a great spot for us. We have a lot of our contracts right here in this area. I’d love to just grow in the Hamilton area.”
The company moved in the day following the March 22 decision. It plans to upgrade the property, including a dilapidated fence there.