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Site plan for A.Y. McDonald expansion gets approval

John Thompson • Aug 4, 2018 at 11:28 PM

ELIZABETHTON — During its monthly meeting Thursday night, the Elizabethan Regional Planning Commission gave unanimous approval to the site plan presented for a 99,000-square-foot expansion of the A.Y. McDonald Building in the Watauga Industrial Park.

The addition will double the size of the A.Y. McDonald facility, which is a manufacturer of plumbing and water works equipment.

The site plan was developed by Appalachia Design Services of Blountville. David Maples represented the firm at the planning commission meeting and answered questions abut the plans.

A.Y. McDonald made the announcement a month ago that it was going to expand on its property in the industrial park. The company said it is investing $8 million in the construction project and will add 36 new jobs.

The Dubuque, Iowa-based company began operating in Elizabethton 19 years ago and employs 144 full-time workers in a 99,000 square-foot facility.

The expansion project is expected to be completed early next year.

The planners also gave site plan approval to the addition of 24 dog runs to the Carter County Animal Shelter. The addition would be the second expansion of the new shelter, Last year, an indoor cat room and cat patios were added.

The 24 dog runs will be 20 feet long and 10 feet wide. They are to be built in stages on an existing concrete slab. A roof will eventually be part of the dog runs. The runs will provide a space to keep the dogs during the times when their kennels are cleaned each day.

The planners were also scheduled to give approval to plans for the new club house for the Elizabethton Twins at Joe O’Brien Field, but the item was removed from this month’s agenda at the Twins’ request.

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