• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Variance approved for Woodford Reserve Distillery

Brown-Forman Corporation was approved for a variance allowing Woodford Reserve Distillery to continue using its Grist Mill House property as a conference center for meetings and dinners. The Board of Adjustment unanimously approved the 200-foot setback variance on Monday. The variance allows Woodford Reserve to use the Grist Mill House, located across McCracken Pike from the distillery and 100 feet from an adjoining property, for special events and activities. An attorney representing Brown-Forman Corporation told members of the BOA that the conferences and meetings held at the Grist House have not had any negative impact on surrounding properties. "We'd like to continue to use (the Grist House) for the purpose it's being used," said attorney Steve Ruschell. When asked, Ruschell said there are no immediate plans to increase the number of meetings at the Grist House. Those numbers are demand-driven, with the Grist House parking lot used as an overflow area for this tourist destination attracting 200,000 visitors annually, added Ruschell. No one spoke in opposition to the variance request. Prior to Woodford Reserve Distillery using the Grist Mill House property for special events and activities, it was a residence for an on-site facility manager until 2010. The variance allows Woodford Reserve to legally use the Grist Mill House property as extension of its visitors' center - a tourist destination.

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