German chemical company plans Chadds Ford office

Brüggemann Chemical U.S. wants a two-story office building
in Chadds Ford Township. A plan for the 3,755 square foot facility went before
the township Planning Commission Sept. 7.

Brüggemann wants to build on a wooded lot at 1361 Baltimore
Pike, on the north side of Route 1, between Southpoint and The Commons. There
would be no manufacturing at the location, just office space and storage
facility, but no chemicals would be stored on site, according to Michael Looney
of Montchanin Design.

Plans call for a building with a stone façade. There would
be offices and a showroom on the upper level and storage on the lower level,
Looney said. He added there might be a small exercise area for the six to eight
employees who would be working at the site.

Engineer Jim Fritsch, of Regester Associates, said plans
call for using on-site water, but public sewer with the office tying into the
Turner’s Mill Wastewater Treatment Plant.

He added that there would be 20 parking spaces, one more
than township code requires for that size building. Ingress and egress would
share a common driveway with a right in/right out traffic pattern, he said.

The site is less than 3.5 acres. To comply with open space
regulations, Fritsch said Brüggemann would select for the fee in lieu option
instead of giving land for open space because the site is so small.

No decisions were made during the Sept. 7 meeting. The
applicant will return to the Planning Commission next month.

According to the company Web site, Brüggemann Chemical U.S.
opened an office in Newtown Square in 1990. The Chadds Ford location would
replace the Newtown Square facility. The company was founded in 1868,
fermenting molasses into alcohol in Heilbronn, Germany. In 1922, the focus was
changed to refining instead of producing alcohol. It began making chemical
products in 1926.

A full history of the company can be found at www.brueggemann.com

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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