New home for Rich-Woods OK’d

A Fort Dodge cabinet-making business planning to move into a new location won a necessary approval from the city’s Board of Adjustment Tuesday.

Board members granted a special exception allowing Rich-Woods Inc. to move into a former sheet metal shop at 216 N. 12th St.

That building most recently housed Gadbury Heating, Plumbing and Sheet Metal. From 1984 to 2007, it was occupied by Colonial Heating and Sheet Metal. Earlier, it was the home of Fort Dodge Bottling Works. A Pepsi logo is still visible on the floor near the front door.

It is now owned by St. Olaf Lutheran Church Foundation of Fort Dodge. Rich Seltz, the president of Rich-Woods Inc., said he’ll rent the building from the foundation. He said he plans to eventually build a new shop for his business. He said foundation leaders plan to someday knock down the North 12th Street building to create a parking lot for the church at 239 N. 11th St.

Rich-Woods Inc. was formerly located at 17 S. 12th St. Seltz renovated that building, which now houses a handful of small shops, and moved his cabinet-making business out. It now operates from two buildings, which Seltz said isn’t very efficient.

Board permission was needed because the building is in an area zoned for apartments.

In granting its approval, the board required Seltz to get City Council approval for two on-street parking spaces to be used by his employees.

Also on Tuesday, the board approved a plan to replace a window near the main entrance of the Budget Host Inn, 116 Kenyon Road, with molded concrete shaped to look like stones.

The board had to act on that plan because the hotel is in a corridor gateway zoning district in which the appearance of buildings is regulated.