GREELEY — The Greeley City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a rezone and planned unit development for a new meat-production plant in central Greeley.
The approval will give local meat manufacturer K2D Inc., which does business as Colorado Premium Foods, a large new facility for processing its custom orders.
The facility will be located in the vacant 172,000-square-foot former big-box retail store at 2400 W. 29th St. That building was originally a Kmart, which closed in 2008. After that, the building was the home of Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity’s Restore retail shop. After the Habitat Restore moved to a bigger location in the Greeley Mall earlier this year, Colorado Premium Foods bought the 29th Street location for $8 million.
Colorado Premium will use the facility to produce a variety of meat products, including steaks, cut meats, marinated meats, corned beef, ground beef, poultry and more. No animals would be slaughtered at the site, and Colorado Premium is not a slaughter operation.
Instead, Colorado Premium buys wholesale bulk protein from slaughterers, then breaks that down into smaller portions for retail and restaurant use.
The facility is expected to have about 300 employees once it is fully operational.
During her presentation to council, city planner Kristin Cote said the facility will not be a nuisance to its neighbors in Greeley.
“The operation of this business will not produce any noticeable smells, waste or noise,” Cote said.