The rapper reportedly has submitted a bid to repurpose a Cody factory into a future sample lab for Yeezy brand products, according to the Cody Enterprise newspaper.
The city planning and zoning board members for the small town are currently reviewing the site plan proposed by West’s team. The plan describes a 11,292-square-foot complex referred to as the “Adidas Yeezy Cody Sample Lab” within Cody’s North Industrial Park.
Yeezy and West have plans to alter the structure currently occupying the site to include another temporary 24-by-44-foot “modular” building to serve as additional office space and a break room for a time frame of two years. The Yeezy team wants to build an enclosed walkway between the modular building and sample lab, as well. Other plans include an enlarged loading dock and additional parking for about nine vehicles, according to the report.
West’s affinity for the the area beloved by celebrities and other well-heeled elites solidified in September as reports surfaced that he was planning to purchase a large property outside of Cody. By November, West had revealed plans for a Yeezy complex that would host a cotton hydroponic farm and investigate sustainable dyes, and eventually bring Yeezy production stateside.
Previously, Yeezy operated out of Calabasas, Calif., where West lived with his wife and family. Although West has pledged to move more Yeezy production to the United States, Adidas went in the opposite direction in November when it announced plans to close its American and German Speedfactories in favor of cheaper production in Asia based on the same technology.
In its third-quarter earnings report, Adidas said it hadn’t seen any growth from Yeezy compared to the same quarter in 2018 when the brand executed the “biggest Yeezy release ever.”