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Midway Station, Bojangles’ restaurant plans on P&Z agenda

Plans to construct an auto parts manufacturing facility in Midway Station and a Bojangles’ restaurant in the Kroger Marketplace shopping center are scheduled to be presented to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission at its regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the Woodford County Courthouse. American Howa Kentucky, Inc., will likely create “north of 50 jobs to start, and probably grow from there,” at the 100,000 square-foot manufacturing facility planned for Midway Station, according to Woodford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) Chair John Soper. American Howa supplies auto parts to Japanese automotive manufacturers, Soper told the county’s Technical Review Committee last month. He said American Howa operates a plant in Bowling Green, and others in the United States and overseas. “So they’re a good industrial company and we’re tickled to death to have them,” he said. With the terms of the option-to-purchase agreement, Soper said the EDA will have about $372,000 to make an investment in Midway Station, located north of Midway near the I-64 interchange. He said bringing natural gas utility service to the property will make vacant industrial lots more marketable to other manufacturers. Election of officers Commissioners will vote on who serves as P&Z chair, vice chair and secretary this year. They will also vote on who will serve on its various sub-committees. Additionally, Jeri Hartley will take the oath of office and begin her four-year term representing the City of Versailles on the Planning Commission. She succeeds William Downey, who ended his P&Z term in December. Restaurant plan A final development plan for a 99-seat Bojangles’ restaurant is also scheduled to come before the Planning Commission. If approved, the corporate-owned restaurant will be located on a vacant lot adjacent to the existing Burger King restaurant fronting Lexington Road. OSRAM expansion An amended development plan, which will allow OSRAM Sylvania to expand its 645,000 square-foot manufacturing facility at 1000 Tyrone Pike by 10,000 square-feet, is also scheduled to come before the Planning Commission at its regular meeting on Jan. 1. Comp Plan update The commission is scheduled to hear an update and recommendation on how to proceed with the adoption of goals and objectives for its updated Comprehensive Plan.

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