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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit for a pharmaceutical firm that plans to establish its flagship distribution center in the Stateline 94 Corporate Park, which is being developed south of 104th Street and north of 122nd Street.

The commission voted unanimously Monday night, approving the conditional use permit for a 590,595-square-foot center located on a 46.9-acre parcel at the site which is being developed by Venture One Real Estate and CRG, a private real estate development firm of Clayco, a construction and engineering company. The site would accommodate wholesale distribution and a merchandise store, according to Jean Werbie-Harris, the village’s community development director.

Fresenius Kabi, with U.S. headquarters in Lake Zurich, Ill., specializes in lifesaving medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. The company’s products and services are used to care for critically and chronically ill patients. The facility is expected to begin operations next year with about 100 workers on two shifts.

The commission voted to delay voting on the permit at its meeting last month due to concerns about zoning and whether the proposal fit the restrictions for manufacturing, According to village zoning requirements for the specialized M-5 zoning district, production and manufacturing, assembly, office and research and development are allowed, but with limited warehouse and distribution uses. No more than 30 percent of the building can be used for storage and distribution.

To that end, the commission also voted in favor of amending the specialized zoning to accommodate conditional use permits for uses such as Fresenius Kabi, that meet at least two of three new criteria including:

The creation of high-skill, living wage jobs upon application of the permit at the time of conditional

Formation of a regional, multi-state or national corporate headquarters

Providing significant and measurable value to the land around them and/or the village through unique infrastructure, technology, security, branding or aesthetic contributions

A similar conditional use amendment was also approved to accommodate future uses in the specialized district for businesses involving software, cloud computing, autonomous vehicle/mobility, IoT, artificial intelligence or similar technology.

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