• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Lexington Road, hotel, snack food maker plans sent to P&Z

Plans for a mixed-use development and a residential neighborhood on Lexington Road, a Holiday Inn Express on the U.S. 60 Bypass at Lexington Road, and a snack food maker on Big Sink Pike were reviewed by the Technical Review Committee (TRC) on Tuesday morning. The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing next Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss a request to rezone 405 acres for a proposed mixed-use development at 1450 Lexington Road. Retail businesses as well as industrial and residential lots are planned for this site (known as Edgewood Farm), located east of the Kroger Marketplace shopping center. A zone change request and preliminary development plan, which proposes 532 residential lots at 2001 Lexington Road (known as the Backer property) - located across from the United Methodist Home - was forwarded to the Planning Commission following a review by TRC. The owners of adjoining property at 2101 Lexington Road (Woodford Place) came before the commission last Thursday, April 14, during a public hearing to discuss their proposal for a mixed-use neighborhood, with 255 residential units. Holiday Inn Express A final development plan for an 82-room, four-story Holiday Inn Express (H&W Management Company) was reviewed by TRC and forwarded to the Planning Commission. The hotel will be built on a 2.38-acre lot of the Versailles Center - currently the home of McDonald's and the former home of the Versailles Flea Market and Sweet Potatoes restaurant. A partner with H&W Management Company, Don Howard, told The Sun in March that construction on the hotel should begin in the fall with an opening in late-summer 2017. Eli Mashni, of Versailles Land Group, which owns the other vacant lots on the Versailles Center property, said he hopes to attract national and regional restaurants to the site. More Than a Bakery A final development plan will allow More Than a Bakery to move forward with its plan to build a manufacturing facility on a 100-acre site on Big Sink Pike. During a review of the plan on Tuesday, Planning Director Pattie Wilson said construction plans still need to be submitted to TRC and then approved by County Engineer Buan Smith and the City of Versailles before a grading permit and site work can begin. An engineer for the developer said he would design a stormwater drainage area that will handle runoff for phase 2 of the project, a 230,000 square-foot expansion to the proposed manufacturing facility. TRC forwarded the development plan for More Than A Bakery to the Planning Commission for approval. Edmonds Cross An amended development plan and preliminary subdivision plat for 74 single-family residential lots at Edmonds Cross, a neighborhood on Huntertown Road, was forwarded to the commission. Gymnastics facility A final development plan and construction plans to build a facility housing Agility Gymnastics at 160 Frankfort Street were reviewed by TRC. The commission must approve the plan before letters of approval from Smith and the City of Versailles would allow site grading and construction work to begin on a proposed 11,960 square-foot building with 74 parking spaces. Agility Gymnastics is currently located on Crossfield Drive. Clark Distributing An amended development plan allowing Clark Distributing to add asphalt on the southwest side of its property at 140 Fieldview Drive was sent to the Planning Commission. Project engineer Tim Thompson said the additional asphalt will give the company more parking and maneuvering space for trucks. An expansion of a stormwater storage area was not completed as laid out in a previous development plan, Wilson told Thompson. He later agreed to meet with Smith so they can discuss what needs to happen to address the stormwater issue. Minor plats A minor consolidation plat allowing Herman and Lena Roark to enlarge property at 140 Griers Creek Road to 8.246 acres was sent to the Planning Commission chair for approval. About 67 acres will remain on the farm after the consolidation. An in-family conveyance and consolidation plat (Jerry William Carl estate) resulting in a 5.4575-acre lot at 2030 Pisgah Pike and a 10.351-acre lot at 2040 Pisgah Pike was sent to the Planning Commission chair for approval. The lots are being conveyed to Carl's daughters.

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