A multi-billion-dollar trucking company is interested in building a facility in Clear Lake.

Greg Estes, a D.F. Chase senior construction manager, presented a site plan for an Old Dominion Freight Line service center and parking lot to the Clear Lake Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday evening.

“We’d like to get started as soon as we can, gotta beat the winter,” he said.

The proposed fenced-in center, including 31 overhead doors, a small office, and parking lot, would be positioned in the northernmost lot of the Courtway Development east of Interstate 35 and north of Highway 122 in Clear Lake, where Andrews Prestressed Concrete once stood.

A future dock expansion and fuel station are also incorporated in the site plan, Estes said.

Old Dominion is a regional and national less-than-truckload, or small freight, motor carrier with about 233 service centers across 48 states, 45,000 tractors and trailers and 21,000 full-time employees.

The Clear Lake service center would employ between 5 and 10 individuals, said Scott Flory, Clear Lake city administrator.

“This is really the first of what I think are going to be many economic development projects that are able to be achieved in this particular subdivision,” he said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for Clear Lake and I’m just happy to be part of that redevelopment.”

The Old Dominion site plan was one of two items the Clear Lake Planning and Zoning Commission approved Tuesday. The other was the preliminary plat for the Courtway Development.

Because the seven-member commission is a recommending body, both items must be acted on by the Clear Lake City Council for them to move forward. They’ll be discussed during the council’s meeting Monday.

Nick Frederiksen, ISG project manager, provided an overview of the preliminary plat to the commission.

The preliminary plat comprises 11 lots and two roadways with curb and gutter on more than 62 acres owned by TDFUEL LLC, according to Cerro Gordo County property records. TDFUEL is owned by Lorrie Hall, of Sheffield, according to documents filed with the Iowa Secretary of State.

Six lots will be designated commercial and five will be zoned light industrial, Frederiksen said.

“Their goal is to have all the infrastructure and paving completed this year as we move through the project,” he said.

The Clear Lake City Council began a $1.8 million utility and street improvement project on North 32nd Street — adjacent to the Courtway Development — this spring.

The project, awarded to McKinnis Excavating in March, includes new pavement, sanitary sewer, water mains and storm sewer. It’s scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31.

Flory told the Planning and Zoning Commission the contractor is about one week out from paving the roadway.

“This is a unique opportunity for Clear Lake,” he said. “I’ve been here for 18 years and for the majority of those, we had sort of an eyesore sitting there ... and so many folks over the years have mused about what opportunities could unfold should that property ever be redeveloped.”

Last year, a feasibility study was conducted by Dean Snyder Construction for a hotel, waterpark and travel sports arena in the development, but site plans related to such items haven’t been presented to the commission yet.

Mike Ritter, Clear Lake’s building official, said he won’t be able to issue building permits for the Courtway Development until the City Council approves the final plat.

The final plat will likely be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission at a special meeting, so it can be voted on at the council’s July 15 meeting.

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