• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Wooldridge Gardens plan proposes 156 apartment units

A plan to construct 156 apartment units in the Wooldridge Gardens neighborhood on Falling Springs Boulevard moved closer to reality last week. Developer Dennis Anderson's request to rezone 27 acres for a high-density planned unit development was recommended by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission on Nov. 10. Its unanimous recommendation to rezone 27 acres from R-1C (single-family residential): PUD to R-4 (high-density residential): PUD now goes to the Versailles City Council for final approval. During a public hearing, Anderson Communities spokesman Jon Strom described the planned residential neighborhood as a mix of single-family rental homes and apartment units. Eighty single-family homes are currently being built on 22 acres of the neighborhood, which Strom said offers housing for people from all walks of life, including the graduate looking for his first apartment or the senior citizen who does not want to maintain a home. "We feel like we're meeting a community need," Anderson said. By increasing the density of the proposed development, Strom said Anderson Communities can provide its residents with more amenities: a pool, fitness center and clubhouse. "We've created 236 units so we can afford to add the clubhouse," Anderson said. He said the cost of the clubhouse and its furnishings will be "right at $1 million." "By design," added Anderson later, "there won't be that many children here." No one spoke in opposition during last week's hearing on the proposed rezoning. Woodford County Economic Development Authority Chair John Soper described the Wooldridge neighborhood as an opportunity to provide much-needed rental housing and apartments for millennials who want to live in Versailles. Food shack The Planning Commission unanimously approved an amended development plan that will allow a food shack to locate in the parking lot of Woodford Sports at 180 Yellow Jacket Drive. The approval was contingent upon applicant Sweet T's (lessees Floyd and Tamara Raglin) obtaining water and sewer service to its 14-foot-by-28-foot food shack. In explaining the food shack concept to members of the commission, Tamara Raglin said her business has evolved from a place to get Chicago-style hotdogs to a locale where customers can purchase meals consisting of "everything I basically cook in my kitchen." Daily specials, fresh-cut fries, pulled pork, burgers, Korean-style tacos and Chicago-style hotdogs are on the menu of Sweet T's - "just something different every day," said Raglin. Midway Station The commission approved an amended final plat dividing two lots into three lots along Georgetown Road (Ky. 341) in Midway Station (an industrial and commercial development located north of the I-64 interchange in Midway). Commissioner Rich Schein, who represents the City of Midway, abstained from voting to approve the plat, citing his earlier objections. During the Planning Commission's August meeting, Schein described the amended plan as an attempt to move away from any type of master plan in order to get three commercial lots on Georgetown Road. He said reducing landscape buffers and orienting the commercial buildings to Georgetown Road completely changes what was originally proposed. The revised plat has three commercial lots at 245 Stephens Boulevard, and 250 and 300 Lacefield Street, which have been identified as a retail business, restaurant and convenience/gas station. Agility gymnastics The commission unanimously approved an amended final development plan for Agility Gymnastics Center, which is being built at 160 Frankfort Street. The amended plan shifts an entrance so a utility pole does not need to be relocated. The entrance will be moved back to its original location in the revised plan after a permit has been issued by the state Transportation Cabinet.

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