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Companies plan expansion in Hudson's St. Croix Business Park

The city of Hudson's Plan Commission approved preliminary plans for one new facility and the expansion of another at its last meeting. One of the companies, Valley Cartage & Warehousing, is already a resident of St. Croix Business Park, and the other, Hulcher Services Inc., is moving there.

The Plan Commission recommended approval of Hulcher Services' concept development plans for a 32,103-square-foot office and equipment storage and repair facility at 2300 Willis Miller Drive, south of the new General Motors parts distribution facility.

Hulcher Services responds to train derailments, getting the cars back on the tracks. The company plans to relocate from a facility in the town of Hudson.

Valley Cartage, a long-time Hudson trucking firm headed by Jerry Gilbert, plans to add 21,670 square feet of warehouse and truck storage space to its existing facility at 3011 Enloe St. Commissioners also recommended approval of Valley Cartage's preliminary plans.

The City Council has the final vote on development proposals.

The Plan Commission also recommended approval of a Coulee Road property owner's request for rezoning and postponed action on two other rezoning requests.

Larry and Patricia Hopkins' request to have their existing insurance office at 82 Coulee Road rezoned from single-family residential (R-1) to office district (OFC) received a positive recommendation from the commission.

The council delayed action on similar requests from Eric Rolland, 76 Coulee Road, and Dr. Ken Brisson, 821 Coulee Road.

Community Development Director Dennis Darnold said the commission wants to talk to Dr. Brisson about his plans for his dental office, and that Brisson hasn't attended a commission meeting yet.

The commission also wants more information about Rolland's plans for driveway access to the wooded parcel on the south side of Coulee Road that he wants to develop.

Also postponed was a review of Patt Colten's request to subdivide the property at 804 Vine St. to allow construction of two single-family residences. The existing house on the property - once the home of First National Bank of Hudson founder John Comstock - is divided into five apartments.

Neighbors opposed the subdivision when it was first proposed earlier this summer.

Darnold said the review was taken off the agenda of the Plan Commission's Aug. 26 meeting because Colten needed more time to collect information that the commission had requested.

The commission also postponed a review of Charles Volin's application for a conditional use permit to have an outdoor vehicle sales lot at Hilltop Service Center, 1000 O'Keefe Road.

Darnold said commissioners want to talk to the owner of Hilltop Service, Howard Bennett, about improving the appearance of the proposed sales area.

The proposed car lot would have space for about 25 vehicles, according to the application.

Randy Hanson can be reached at

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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