Madison Village Council has approved a zoning code change that could lead to the construction of a Kenworth truck dealership in the Sidley Business Park.
Council, at its September 27 meeting, unanimously passed an ordinance authorizing large vehicle repairs as a conditionally permitted use in the village’s B-4 Interstate business district.
It is anticipated that this type of conditional use permit will be requested by Hissong Group Inc. when it seeks permission from the Village Planning and Zoning Commission to establish a business that sells and maintains Kenworth heavy and medium trucks. .
Hissong contacted village government officials and expressed his desire to build the Kenworth concessionaire in Sidley Business Park, located at the northeast corner of the Interstate 90 and Route 528 interchange.
The Kenworth concessionaire would be built on a 4.5 acre section along RW Parkway, a road that crosses River Street and passes through Sidley Business Park. Specifically, the new building would be located between the McDonald’s restaurant on River Street, as Route 528 is known in the village, and Mentor RV, which is at the north end of RW Drive.
At this point, Richfield-based Hissong still needs to go through some important and formal steps before a Kenworth dealership can be built.
First, he should present preliminary construction plans to the Village Planning and Zoning Commission. The panel would then provide feedback on how those plans should be revised before the company seeks final site approval.
However, for Hissong, knowing that he could apply for a conditional use permit so that mechanics can work on heavy and medium trucks is seen as crucial. This is because Madison Village Kenworth would have 12 bays where the trucks could be serviced.
The company would initially focus on providing parts and services and then start selling trucks at the site in its second or third year, said David Barna, chief financial officer of the Hissong Group.
Hissong has set his sights on the village as he seeks to expand his list of Kenworth dealers across Ohio, Barna said. Currently, it operates five dealerships, with locations in Richfield, Canton, Columbus, Ashland and Zanesville.
Hissong hopes to pave the way for the new concession by next spring, Barna said. He estimated that the company would create between 25 and 30 jobs.
The construction of a Kenworth truck dealership would be the latest addition to a section of the village that is becoming a hotbed of commercial activity.
About two years ago, two new hotels – a Hampton Inn by Hilton and a Holiday Inn Express & Suites – were built and opened for business on the northwest side of the I-90 and Route 528 interchange. East of these hotels, at the intersection of River Street and Water Tower Drive, Sheetz hopes to innovate in the near future with a new convenience store.
Meanwhile, on the southeast side of I-90 and Route 528, Great Lakes Power Products opened its new global headquarters in June. In addition, in the northwest corner of the company’s property, closer to the corner of I-90 and Route 528, a new Love’s Travel Stop will be built.
Although Love’s received final site plan approval for its project on December 21, the company has yet to start building.