New ‘home’ for VFW Post
Fred Newcomb, commander of the Sandusky VFW Post 2945, has announced plans for an expansion of the post's recently purchased building on M-19 south of Sandusky. Newcomb informed the Watertown Township Planning Commission Thursday that the post has purchased the Integrity Window & Door property that includes the building and 2.9 acres south of the Greenwood Cemetery.
The 112-member organization has plans for a three-phased expansion, with the final phase - a park - hinging on being able to purchase additional land.
Newcomb said the first step is the construction of a 20 by 30 foot kitchen on the northwest corner of the building, which the post acquired this month.
The second phase, after the kitchen is paid for in about two years years, is a 50 foot long addition that would essentially double the length of the building. Eventually, the post would like to buy the adjacent property to the south, approximately eight to 12 acres, but "that's down the road," Newcomb stated.
Although they're waiting for architectural drawings, Newcomb said he wanted to inform the commission of their plans to find out if there might be any problems.
He said they want to expand and blacktop the parking area after the two additions are completed, but in the meantime, they intend to spread gravel.
Township official John Bezotte said he didn't foresee any problems, but noted the planning board will have to approve the site plans and address any setback issues that could arise. Zoning won't be a problem, since the property is commercial.
The VFW post purchased the building, "so we can get a home," said Newcomb after the meeting. "We need a place we can use (for our activities)".
The post sold its previous home, the old VFW Building on East Sanilac Avenue in Sandusky, eight years ago, and members have been meeting in the MSU Extension conference room ever since.
With the new building, Newcomb is hoping "we can get more veterans to join", because they'll be able to offer more activities for families.
He said they'll bring back their spring fish fries, which were moved to the 4-H Eat Stand at the fairgrounds eight years ago, and will be able to offer activities as well, for example bicycle safety checks for children.