• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Woodford Reserve warehouse plan sent to commission

A development plan to build 12 Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel warehouses on Georgetown Road, north of Midway's I-64 interchange, has been sent to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission. "This is a very exciting project for us," said Steve Ruschell, an attorney representing Brown-Forman Corporation, parent company of Woodford Reserve Distillery. The Board of Adjustment (BOA) approved a conditional-use permit earlier this month allowing Brown-Forman to proceed with plans to construct the Woodford Reserve warehouses and a transfer facility on 117.696 acres of land zoned for agricultural (A-1) uses at 960 Georgetown Road (Ky. 341). The 90,000 square-foot warehouses, which can house up to 65,000 barrels of bourbon, will be constructed over a period of 12 years with land continuing to be used for farming until such time as a warehouse has been built on that parcel, according to information given to BOA members. Also reviewed by the Technical Review Committee (TRC) on May 17 were construction plans to begin installing public services and other infrastructure for a 2.38-acre lot that will be occupied by an 82-room, four-story Holiday Inn Express on the U.S. 60 Bypass at Lexington Road. Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott recently said construction on the new hotel will probably not begin until next spring, "but it's definitely still a go." Known as Versailles Center, the shopping center site where a Holiday Inn Express will locate, was previously occupied by Versailles Flea Market, Sweet Potatoes Restaurant and other businesses. A McDonald's Restaurant occupies an adjacent lot. Midway Station An amended subdivision plan, development plan and final record plats for Midway Station (property located north of the I-64 interchange) will allow developer Dennis Anderson to use more of the existing streets and infrastructure in the industrial/business park, which also has residential uses. A convenience store/gas station and two retail buildings are proposed for three lots in the mixed-use Midway Station development. Because the existing retention basins were undersized in the original design of Midway Station, County Engineer Buan Smith told representatives of the developer "we need to re-look at the detention basins and how they're going to function once everything's" built. Smith said water comes over a portion of the road during large storm events, which he described as "another indication that detention basin is undersized." Based upon what's being proposed for the site, he wants to reevaluate the drainage plan. The plans and plats were sent to the Planning Commission with deficiencies noted. Clark Distributing Construction plans to increase the asphalt area at Clark Distributing were sent to the City of Versailles and county engineer for letters of approval before a grading permit is issued. Clark needs more parking and maneuvering space for trucks at 104 Fieldview Drive. An existing detention area will be re-graded to increase its volume for any additional storm water runoff coming from this new asphalt area, project engineer Tim Thompson told TRC members during their review of the plans. Other items Construction plans for 115 Bellview Avenue (Branch Creek, LLC/former Olson Bottle Gas property) was reviewed by TRC. The City of Versailles and county engineer will need to write letters approving those plans before a grading permit is issued and work can begin to make site improvements on the property's two lots. Because of flooding and ponding-water issues in this area of Versailles, those matters as they relate to these lots will be discussed further. A final record plat allowing William and Theresa Goodlett to reconfigure A-1 (agriculture) tracts at 12223 and 12391 Troy Pike and 208 and 422 Curd Road was forwarded to the Planning Commission chair for approval. An in-family conveyance involving those agricultural tracts was also reviewed by TRC and forwarded to the chair.

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