Planners approve Williams office quarters
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
The Wyoming County Planning Commission granted preliminary approval for a 32,000-square-foot facility that will bring local Williams’ pipeline employees under one roof.
The facility to be located about a mile north of Tunkhannock Borough off Rt. 29 near its intersection with Mile Road in Tunkhannock Twp.
Williams, the Tulsa, Okla.-based company whose pipelines deliver roughly one-seventh of the natural gas consumed in the United States, purchased the property last winter, and its plans reveal 20,000 square feet of office space in a 2-story building as well as 12,000 square feet of warehouse space.
It is about 10 miles south of Williams’ Lathrop Compressor Station in Springville, five miles west of its Wilcox Station in Tunkannock Twp., and about five miles east of Williams proposed compressor station which is projected to move gas for Carrizo in Washington Twp.
The plan also calls for 112 parking spaces.
It is the same location where in September 2011 Bill Wilson and the Gas House Gang LLC had approached Tunkhannock Twp. supervisors and said it had an interest in placing an 8-pump gas station and mini-mart and office suites.
Although the Gashouse Gang has reserved six adjoining acres, planning commission members said Wednesday they believed the gas station concept had been abandoned.
Mick Goodwin of Milnes Engineering, representing Williams, said Wednesday that he had incorporated concerns raised in May by the Wyoming County engineer CECO Associates.
County planner Nichole Wooten recommended preliminary approval and it was granted in a unanimous vote of the seven members present.
She said that with the preliminary approval in place, construction is expected to begin about August 1 and be under roof by early winter to allow interior work during the winter.
Williams presently has offices on Warren Street in Tunkhanock.
On Wednesday, the planning commission also heard a presentation by Matt Walsh, an engineer from Colwell-Naegle Associates, about a planned development for S2W Contracting off SR1002 (Shupp Hill Rd).
The 10,500-square-foot office/storage complex would be located on the south side of SR1002 near an access road leading to the Wilcox Compressor Station.
Walsh said S2W was involved in pipe and fabricated steel work affiliated with area pipelines and compressor stations.
Wooten said the business was addressing a highway occupancy permit issue, and she recommended tabling any preliminary approval which it did unanimously.
Wooten also noted she was laying the groundwork for creating a county comprehensive plan that was last updated in 1997.
“The biggest issue is finding a consultant and figuring out funding of the plan,” Wooten said.