QUEENSBURY — The Hacker Boat Co. project proposed in Queensbury is heading to the Queensbury Planning Board for review Tuesday.
In September, the company unveiled details of a plan to build a $3 million, 90,000-square-foot steel building for manufacturing, boat restoration, showroom and office facility on a 17 acre tract — using about 9.5 acres — in the Queensbury Business Park off Queensbury Avenue.
The site plan covers the first two project phases, the first being the 90,000 square-foot building and an open side boat shed measuring 9,500 square feet, to be constructed as soon as practical. The second phase includes a 40,000 square foot addition to the south side of the building. The company is positioning itself for growth, so phase three, which wouldn’t be for years, could include construction of another building, according to planning documents.
It’s possible the project could get conditional site plan approval Tuesday, but the company recently received a list of questions and concerns from the town engineers The Chazen Cos., which may indicate it will need to head back to the Planning Board — possibly in May — to provide time for those items to be addressed.
Mike Doud, director of business development for Overseas Lease Group, Hacker’s parent company, said the target start date for construction is conditional on the planning process, the time it will take to get a building permit and the weather.
“The piece of land we purchased is in a low area and has a lot of water, and if we have a very rainy summer it’s going to slow down our ability to do construction at that site,” Doud said.
If construction starts in late summer or early fall, Doud said the company hopes to finish the main building by March 2015.
The last 30 days of construction would mainly be outfitting and prepping the building for production, he said, “so essentially, after the building is built, it takes about a month to move in and we start full production,” after they receive the certificate of occupancy.
The company applied for a sign variance for a 78 square-feet wall sign to accommodate the size of the building. The maximum allowable size is 30 square-feet, and that is scheduled for Wednesday’s Queensbury Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.
The new facility will replace a 32,000-square-foot production facility and an 11,400-square-foot boat repair and restoration operation, both in Ticonderoga. The company will continue to operate its marina at Silver Bay on Lake George.
Hacker Boat Co. was awarded a $600,000 grant by the state regional economic development council late last year, and the company is hoping to increase its workforce from 45 to 80 workers in the years after the move.
In January the mahogany motorboat maker announced it also recently built a new craft that would steer it into a new sector of the luxury-boat making industry — a 33-foot tender watercraft for the 242-foot mega yacht Odessa II, which was built by Nobiskrug in Rendsburg, Germany.
Badcock said this opens a new phase for the business, which has been gaining notoriety and was recently honored by Forbes FYI, a lifestyle supplement to the business magazine, for offering one of “America’s 50 best products.”