Danedri Thompson
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Members of the Edgerton Planning Commission will recommend that a 43-acre parcel of land on 191st Street, just east of Homestead Road, be re-zoned to from a logistics park zoning to heavy industrial zoning.
The Schaegel family requested the rezoning, but Trans Coastal Supply Company has eventual plans to store and export grain from the site.
Beth Linn, Edgerton city administrator, said city planners underestimated the interest the intermodal might generate from agricultural exporters when they codified logistics park zoning regulations. The planning commission and council established heavy industrial zoning when DeLong Grain Company, another grain exporter currently building at the intermodal logistics park site, decided to build in Edgerton.
“I don’t think we considered the interest from grain exporters for storage,” Linn told commissioners during an Aug. 13 meeting.
Trans Coastal Supply currently operates five grain exporting facilities, mostly in Illinois, near the Elwood, Ill., intermodal. They also have offices in Minneapolis and Des Moines. Last year, the company exported 35,000 containers of ag product.
Bob Briscoe, Trans Coastal manager, explained the company’s business model to planners.
“We’ll buy agricultural products, load them in shipping containers and ship them right to California,” he said. “They end up in southeast Asia.”
Briscoe said Trans Coastal’s operations in Edgerton would likely mirror that of the DeLong Company, a Trans Coastal competitor. Their site will likely include a few grain elevators.
When it’s up and running, Briscoe said Trans Coastal will help create a better market for Kansas farmers by exporting local products. Most of their agricultural bushels will come from farms within a 60-mile radius of the intermodal. Processed grain product may arrive in Edgerton from up to 250 miles away.
The facility will likely operate between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., but Briscoe said they have operated around the clock at other facilities.
“We’ll stay open longer in the fall when the farmers are working,” he said.
The grain storage and shipping company will employ approximately 15 people locally.
Although the planning commission approved the re-zoning of 43 acres, the company will likely only use a third or less for its development. Planning commission re-zoning of the facility is a first-step in the development process. The council will consider the rezoning during a Sept. 12 meeting.
Before construction begins, the commission and council will need to approve site and construction plans.