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James City contracting company one step closer to expanding business

A local contracting company is one step closer to expanding business in James City County.

A special use permit for the expansion of J.S.G. Corporation was unanimously approved by the James City County Planning Commission on Wednesday.

The permit would allow the Centerville Road business to make and sell mulch, store petroleum, build an office and store and repair heavy equipment, said J.S.G. Director of Business Caitlin King.

“We’ve seen an increased demand from our current customers for a place to bring their clearing debris,” King said. “We’ve also seen a demand from our landscape customers for a place they can come to get their topsoil and mulch from one location."

The expansion would also allow J.S.G. Corporation to create 20 new jobs, which the company plans to hire for locally, King said.

“This is the type of application that I personally like seeing because you’re growing as a business. You’re responding to consumer demand,” said Planning Commission member Robin Bledsoe.

Planning Commission member John Wright expressed concerns about the environmental impact possible petroleum leaks may have on the surrounding area, including nearby Freedom Park.

The petroleum would be stored and used as fuel for company machinery. The company will submit a spill prevention and facility response plan to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality before the petroleum tanks are built, King said.

“We are proposing to have above ground tanks. They will be double-walled tanks, and they will have a detector system between the two walls that will detect a leak,” King said.

The special use permit may go before the James City County Board of Supervisors in September, said county planner Roberta Sulouff.

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