• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

P&Z approves requests for store, bakery, and hotel

Plans for a JR Food Stores neighborhood market and More Than A Bakery were approved by the Planning Commission last Thursday, July 14. Also, approval of a final record plat clears the way for a Holiday Express Inn to locate on vacant land most recently occupied by the Versailles Flea Mall. A spokesman for Houchens Industries told members of the Planning Commission that the JR Food Stores neighborhood market will provide a "secondary grocery shopping" store for people who need two or three items, but do not want to drive to a larger big-box grocer. The neighborhood market will sell fresh meat and produce as well as dairy products, he said. The 10,650 square-foot store will be located on vacant commercial land known as Equestrian Park, formerly occupied by Woodford County Middle School's athletic fields. A fast-service restaurant and gas pumps are also planned for the two-acre site along Lexington Street. An amended development plan for More Than A Bakery being built at 570 Big Sink Pike reduces the size of the facility - from 228,500 square-feet to 176,350 square-feet - during the first phase of the project. Also, an employee entrance will shift so it's across Big Sink Pike from an existing vehicular access for the Woodford Youth Soccer Association soccer field property. A final record plat for unit 1 of a commercial development on the U.S. 60 Bypass at Lexington Road (formerly known as Versailles Center) will allow H & W Management Company to move forward with plans to construct an 82-room, four-story Holiday Inn Express. The Planning Commission also approved a subdivision regulation waiver and bond amount of $350,750 so the developer can construct public infrastructure and the hotel simultaneously. Adam Bender-Saunders, a representative of project engineer CMW, Inc., told the Planning Commission that final construction drawings for the project should be ready for submission sometime this week in order to obtain a building permit.

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