Manufacturer seeks private road for proposed $60 million-plus investment

Adairsville Unified Zoning Board approves variances for Nippon Light Metal development

By JAMES SWIFT
Posted 12/31/69

Members of the Adairsville Unified Zoning Board (UZB) voted to recommend approval of several variance requests from an aluminum company that is looking to construct a facility along Martin Luther …

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Manufacturer seeks private road for proposed $60 million-plus investment

Adairsville Unified Zoning Board approves variances for Nippon Light Metal development

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Members of the Adairsville Unified Zoning Board (UZB) voted to recommend approval of several variance requests from an aluminum company that is looking to construct a facility along Martin Luther King Drive at a public meeting Monday evening.

Applicant AL8, LLC sought exemptions for several design standards, including those pertaining to curb and gutter and right of way and pavement widths. 

The Los Angeles-based company announced plans to bring a forging plant to Adairsville on a roughly 67.4-acre parcel last fall. 

Several months later, the Development Authority of Bartow County signed a memorandum of understanding with AL8 and Nippon Light Metal North America, Inc. for an 87,000-square-foot manufacturing, warehousing and distribution center on about 38 acres abutting Interstate 75.

The MOU describes the project as a joint venture between Nippon and another Tokyo-based company, ITOCHU Metals Corp. According to DABC documents, more than $60 million was sought in both project equipment and real property bonds associated with the development.

The applicant also requested that the company be allowed to convert an access driveway into a private road for “naming purposes.”

“In order to be able to do that, they need to receive the three variances that were listed,” said Adairsville City Manager Pam Madison, “because the City’s regs requires roads to be private to be approved by the city council and to meet City standards.”

Madison said the proposed variances are set to go before the Adairsville City Council at a public meeting currently scheduled for Aug. 13.

“The driveway’s not the width you would normally have on a street, and because it’s private we wouldn’t have the right of way,” Madison continued. “They will give us easements for our utilities, that we’ll have to run to reach the building.”

Board member John Brunson asked exactly where the access point would be located.

“If you’re going down MLK past Vista, this development is kind of almost at 75,” Madison said. “So this road will be parallel to 75 … they’re building kind of further back on the property.”

Madison said “Nippon Drive” is one proposed name for the private road. She noted that although the company would give the City utility access, the local government would not be obligated to perform any maintenance on the roadway itself. 

“They understand, even for post office purposes, their mail will get delivered on MLK,” she said, “because mail won’t be delivered on a private drive, either.”