Stevens Manufacturing on Rock Lane plans to expand

A local manufacturing company plans to nearly double the size of its building following unanimous approval by the Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) at its June 2 meeting.
Stevens Manufacturing of 220 Rock Lane plans to construct a 28,800 square foot addition to its existing 37,700 square foot building, project engineer Robert Blanchette told the board.
Blanchette said the space would be used for manufacturing and as a warehouse. An existing 5,000 square foot building on the property, that he said is abandoned, will be demolished to make way for the addition. The addition will include a loading dock that will allow a truck to access without backing in from the street.
Parking will be increased from 65 to 101 spaces. There will be additional landscaping on the property, which borders the Metro North Railroad tracks. The property lacks a 10-foot buffer on its eastern side, said City Planner David B. Sulkis, which he said is an existing non-conforming use.
Stevens previously appeared before the board in 2008 when it received approval for a 8,290 square foot addition. The 4.18 acre property is zoned for light industrial use.
According to its website, Stevens Manufacturing is a family-owned company with Stephen R. Fogler as its chief executive officer, production manager, and director of quality. The company is a precision machining and assembly facility that makes parts for the aerospace industry. It lists Sikorsky Aircraft as a client.