Ridgeland aldermen approved expansion plans for the Robout Coupe warehouse located on South Perkins Street.
Ridgeland aldermen approved expansion plans for the Robout Coupe warehouse located on South Perkins Street.
RIDGELAND — Aldermen approved plans for a warehouse expansion for food distributor Robot Coupe.

Officials unanimously approved a site plan and architectural review of the proposed expansion at 264 South Perkins Street.

The plans were approved “as originally submitted” to the Architectural Review Board. 

There had been some discussion, primarily by Robert Moore of the review board about adding a requirement to replace some of the metal siding pictured in the drawings on the east facade with split-face block or stucco-finished metal siding. 

It was determined by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen that since these sides faced other building and not roads or main thoroughfares that the metal siding would not be deemed an eyesore.

Community Development Director Alan Hart noted the item passed Architectural Review unanimously, 5-0. 

The board notes indicate that the drawings represent a new warehouse expansion at Robot Coupe’s existing location. Drawings included landscape updates as well.

Hal Brumfield of Brumfield Ward and Associates represented the company.

Robot Coupe USA has made the Jackson metro area its home for the past 30 years and has been the North American arm of the foodservice industry leader in the development and refinement of commercial food processors and vegetable preparation units.

About 30 years ago they were founded by Jackson residents Rollins Brown, Bill Gilmore and Dan Bounds. After seeing the Robot Coupe food processor in action at LeRuth’s Restaurant in New Orleans, the three partners in conjunction with Robot Coupe France established a new company, Robot Coupe USA. 

Another site plan and architectural review were approved on the consent agenda. 

The item was for an employee parking lot at Kathryn’s Steakhouse on Old Canton Road.

Aldermen set requirements that the project be completed within 45 days from approval, though some allowance will be made for weather delays. 

Officials also required the steakhouse to install parking wheel stops to protect a new fence on the site.

In other board action:

• Unanimously approved the closing of and vacating of an unused and unimproved 40-foot roadway easement for the Orchard.

• Unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Garret Walker Auto Repair contingent upon the business not storing junk cars outside of the garage at any time.

 • Approved a petition and application of a conditional use permit for Pickering Firm, Inc., on behalf of Cabot Lodge to convert to a Memory Care and Assisted Living Facility.

• Approved the renewal of Harbor Drive landscaping contract with US Lawns for the period between October 1 of this year and September 30 of 2020.

•  Held a brief executive session to discuss a matter of continuing litigation. No action was taken in executive session except a motion to leave executive session.