In order to give Tuffy’s Pet Foods more room for equipment storage, contractor parking and other staging needs while the factory undergoes a major expansion, Perham city councilors have agreed to temporarily close a portion of Third Street NW.
Approximately one block along the street will be closed, starting around May 1 and continuing until about Sept. 1.
The block – from Second Avenue NW to Third Avenue NW – will be used by Tuffy’s as extra space during construction. That block will be barricaded off and inaccessible to traffic.
Signs will be posted at First Avenue N and Lake Avenue, to give fair warning to drivers and direct the way to alternate routes.
City councilors unanimously approved the closure at a meeting on Monday.
According to Tuffy’s Manager Jon Ebeling, who spoke to the council Monday, the driveway to one home will be blocked by the road closure. That home is owned by Tuffy’s, and the company hopes to work out an agreeable arrangement with the renter. No other driveways will be affected.
Ebeling explained that the extra space garnered from the road closure is needed due to the Tuffy’s expansion project growing larger than was originally planned. A building plan for this newly added part of the project is being worked on and will be presented to the city in the near future, along with a building permit request.
“Due to the increased expansion, the staging area that was planned will no longer be available,” wrote Ebeling in a written request for the road closure. “Tuffy’s has a tremendous amount of building material and equipment that will be arriving throughout this project...The majority of the building will not be ready for equipment installation when it arrives, so it will need to be stored off the construction site. Much of this equipment is large, heavy, and difficult to move around. The requested area to be temporarily closed would be used to store some of this equipment.”
At Monday’s meeting, he added that the space would also be used for contractor parking, as Tuffy’s expects as many as 50 contractors to be on site each day during construction.
Even with the road closure, the space will not be enough to meet all of Tuffy’s needs, Ebeling stated, but it will “help out a great deal.”