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March 18, 2014

Zoning binds Adcraft

In a related March 15 article titled “Zoning question prompts debate,” the Clinton Herald incorrectly stated that the Sullivan Group requested and received commercial zoning in 2001 for its property at 801 S. Third Street. While the property was rezoned from industrial to commercial use, Mesa Developments was the ownership group to receive the rezoning. The Herald regrets the error.

CLINTON -- In 2001, a “prospective property purchaser” approached the city of Clinton with plans for more housing. Among the proposals were apartments providing tenants with views of the river and landscaping. The developer himself called it “upscale,” rebutting one city official’s caution that this development was destined for “more low-income housing.”

To seal the deal, the developer needed city authorization to move the property from its current industrial zoning to the necessary commercial regulations.

That prospective purchaser got his zoning approval, priming the lot near 801 S. Third St. for what could have been a promising river overlook next to the South Bridge.

Thirteen years later, that space remains empty. Yet the commercial zoning still holds, and if it remains, it could force a Clinton business to contemplate other locations.

Business is booming at Adcraft Printwear Company. Every room is crowded to the point where owners say they’ve met their space capacity. The shipping room is full of boxes and employees are “out of room.” The company is also in the works with another local business to funnel inventory through its building.

Sure, Adcraft isn’t the kind of place that employs hundreds of people. But the facility -- located at 801 S. Third St. -- is performing at a healthy enough clip that owners Dan and Colin Sullivan want to add 6,600 square feet.

It’s enough to employ six more people, adding to the 18 who already work at the embroidery factory.

“Our days are extremely busy as it is,” Dan Sullivan said. “We’re trying to take care of everything going on plus new developments.”

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