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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Village Board gave its blessing to the initial phase of the Haribo development that will begin construction this fall on a three-story manufacturing facility, a four-story administrative building and offices for its corporate campus in the Prairie Highlands Corporate Park.

The board voted Monday night to unanimously approve plans for the preliminary site and operations of the gummi candy maker’s 602,000-square-foot manufacturing building, along with a 162,500-square-foot warehouse. In addition, the first phase includes construction of a fire pump utility building, a central wastewater pre-treatment building and a gatehouse for the warehouse.

According to Community Development Director Jean Werbie-Harris, the construction of the warehouse is expected to be finished by next fall and the manufacturing facility completed by the fall of 2021. The new facility expects to employ 450 workers and would produce or store as many 132,000 pounds of the gummi candies annually.

Construction on the 137-acre site at 12488 Goldbear Drive is expected to be done in four phases, with later phases to potentially include a distribution center, multi-story parking, a retail shop, a helicopter pad, a museum, a fitness center and a day care facility.

Vista at Creekside

The first phase of a two-phase residential development for property on 62 acres north of 93rd Street and east of Green Bay Road also received the go-ahead from the Village Board Monday night.

The board voted unanimously on zoning map and text amendments that include the residential plans for the Vista at Creekside, which Bear Development will initiate with the construction of seven, 20-unit apartment buildings on 14.5 acres on the west side of the property, 91st Street and Old Green Bay Road.

The development includes 54 single-family lots, a two-family lot and seven, 20-unit apartment buildings. It is being constructed by Bear Development.

Werbie-Harris said the apartments would be designed as “condominium-style” dwellings, with their own entrances and no common hallways.

According to developers, construction on the apartments, detached garages, a club house and other site improvements would begin as early as July.

The remaining property on the site will accommodate phase two, in which 49 single-family homes and and a two-family lot are planned for the Breeze Terrace subdivision.

Stateline 94, Fresenius Kabi

The board also voted to table consideration of Stateline 94 Corporate Park, a new corporate park under development south of 104th and north of 122nd streets, and Fresenius Kabi, a pharmaceutical firm planning to locate what has been represented as a flagship distribution center in the new development.

While the Plan Commission approved plans last week to advance to the board, members had concerns about zoning and whether the proposal fit the restrictions for manufacturing.