The Deerfield, WI, Village Board moved ahead the night of Nov. 26 on critical pieces of a planned expansion of Truckstar Collision Center on West Nelson Street.
The Village Board stopped short, however, of approving a request from Truckstar for tax incremental finance dollars to help fund the project.
Truckstar, in October, asked for $420,000 in village TIF assistance to help fund a $2.2 million plan to nearly double the size of its auto body shop for trucks, buses and other large vehicles. The company would expand onto an adjacent brownfield site at 40 W. Nelson St. that was once occupied by Sta-Rite, a longtime Deerfield business that made brine tanks for water softeners.
The village TIF dollars would specifically be earmarked for site clean-up and for improvements to West Nelson Street itself, including possibly lowering the street to improve access by Truckstar to its building. The expansion would stretch its campus to encompass 38 to 40 W. Nelson St.
Truckstar and the village are additionally jointly applying for a grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to help fund clean-up of the former Sta-Rite site, which is classified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as an abandoned, contaminated industrial brownfield. Ongoing well monitoring there is expected to go on for at least the next 50 years, and capping the most heavily contaminated portion is part of Truckstar’s project.
Truckstar opened in 1998 at 38 W. Nelson Street. Current owner and President Stephanie Schwartz joined the operation in 2002, which was founded by her parents.
While not yet granting TIF dollars that night, the Village Board did vote in favor of working with Truckstar and Ayers Associates, an architectural and engineering firm in Madison, to complete the WECD brownfield grant application process. The Village Board also directed its attorney to work with Truckstar on a developer’s agreement for its expansion project. Those steps, Village Board members said, are needed before TIF dollars can be approved, and they keep the WEDC grant process moving forward.
Truckstar hopes to begin construction in the spring and to move in by the summer of 2019.