• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Auto parts supplier, Bojangles’ restaurant plans approved

The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved development plans for an auto parts manufacturing facility and a Bojangles’ restaurant during its regular meeting on Jan. 14. American Howa Kentucky, Inc., will construct a 100,000 square-foot manufacturing facility on nearly 15 acres in Midway Station, located north of I-64. The manufacturer will employ “north of 50 jobs to start, and probably grow from there,” according to John Soper, chair of the Woodford County Economic Development Authority (EDA). American Howa Kentucky supplies auto parts to Japanese automobile manufacturers, and operates a plant in Bowling Green and others in the United States. The Planning Commission also approved a preliminary subdivision and final record plat, which will allow American Howa to obtain a grading permit and begin construction at 289 McKinney Avenue, near an entrance on Ky. 341 (also known as Georgetown Road). “We’ve got a company that is anxious to break ground, and they wanted to break ground in 2015,” said Bill Moore, an attorney representing the EDA. With the approvals of the development plan, subdivision plat and final record plat, he said, “We should be closing with them next week or the first of February … So they are ready to move.” An approved waiver allows construction to move forward without a sidewalk being built along the industrial-side of McKinney Avenue. Bojangles’ A Bojangles’ restaurant will be built on a vacant lot in the Bluegrass Commons shopping center anchored by a Kroger Marketplace store. No other vacant out-lots will remain along Lexington Road in Bluegrass Commons after the construction of the Bojangles’. OSRAM expansion The commission approved an amended development plan that will allow OSRAM Sylvania to construct a 10,000 square-foot addition to its existing building at 1000 Tyrone Pike. The expansion will occur on the rear portion of its 645,000 square-foot manufacturing facility. Retirement dollars The Kentucky Retirement System is alleging that the Planning Commission spiked the pay of former building inspector Paul Noel from fiscal years 2012-13 to 2013-14. The alleged 41.98 percent increase in his pay occurred during a period in Noel’s career when he was out on unpaid medical leave one year and then returned to full-time work the next, said P&Z attorney Tim Butler. He noted that state law defines spiking as a mathematical change – and not an intentional act. The Kentucky Retirement System has asked for $9,513.22 to make up the shortfall created by the alleged pay spike. The alleged shortfall amount has been appealed by the Planning Commission, Butler said.

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