• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Lakeshore, Holiday Inn plans sent to P&Z

Development plans for Lakeshore Learning Materials and a Holiday Inn Express were sent to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission. The Technical Review Committee (TRC) also forwarded a preliminary development plan for a residential subdivision on Lexington Road to the commission Tuesday morning. The plan reviewed by TRC proposes 495 residential lots on 188 acres at 2001 Lexington Road (historically known as the Backer Farm), located east of the Paddock subdivision. Only 10 residential lots have been approved for public sewer service on the property until offsite capacity issues are addressed, City of Versailles utilities manager Mitzi Dilius pointed out. The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on a Comprehensive Plan amendment and zone change request that would allow Lakeshore Learning Materials to move forward with an amended development plan that proposes a 748,786-square-foot warehouse at 547 McKinney Avenue (Midway Station property located north of Midway's I-64 interchange). Lakeshore's previously approved development plan proposed a 500,000 square-foot warehouse. In order to expand its warehouse facility, the California-based company wants to purchase an additional 33 acres of property and rezone the A-1 (agricultural) land to I-1 (light industrial). The Midway City Council previously passed a resolution stating its intent to annex the 33 acres, currently owned by the Homer Feeny Jr. Trust. The revised plan, which also extends dock areas around the building, still includes 350 parking spaces. Lakeshore Learning Materials, which sells educational products, will locate its new distribution center on the Midway Station site. It anticipates employing 262 full-time workers and has gotten preliminary approval for up to $3.7 million in tax incentives. An amended development plan for a Holiday Inn Express at 365 Commerce Drive (near McDonald's on the U.S. 60 Bypass) increases the building's floor area from 43,867 square feet to 44,248 square feet. The proposed 82-room, four-story Holiday Inn Express (H&W Management Company) is being built on a 2.38-acre lot. When construction plans were being discussed, the project's engineer told TRC that H&W hopes to begin construction on the Versailles Holiday Inn Express in early March. It was also noted during the discussion of the revised plan that the Holiday Inn will have a heated saltwater pool. O'Reilly Auto Parts A final development plan for an O'Reilly Auto Parts store in Equestrian Park (commercial property formerly occupied by the old Woodford County Middle School's athletic fields and parking lot) was sent to the Planning Commission. The proposed 7,225 square-foot auto parts store will be built along Lexington Road on 1.36 acres at 235 Equestrian Park. Construction plans for the proposed store must be approved by Woodford County Engineer Buan Smith and Versailles public works before a grading permit can be issued for the project, which includes 33 parking spaces. Woodford Reserve A final development plan, which will allow Brown-Forman Corporation to use its property located across McCracken Pike from Woodford Reserve Distillery, for the tourist destination's overflow parking was sent to the Planning Commission for approval. Brown-Forman Corporation was previously approved for a variance from the Board of Adjustment that allowed Woodford Reserve to continue using its Grist Mill House property for overflow parking and as a conference center. The Grist Mill House property will need to be consolidated with the distillery property before this new request can be put on the Planning Commission's agenda, Planning Director Pattie Wilson said. A tourist destination must be a minimum of 30 acres, she added. The process to consolidate the properties is underway, Brown-Forman attorney Steve Ruschell said. Townhouses Construction plans for 22 townhouse units at 131 Macey Boulevard (Walter E. Schott) were forwarded to the county engineer and Versailles public works for letters of approval before a grading permit is issued. In-family conveyance A minor plat for an in-family conveyance was sent to the Planning Commission's chair for approval. Property owner Gloria Jean Donnell wants to convey 11.549 acres at 1520 Watts Ferry Road to her daughter. She will retain 32.867 acres at 1415 Watts Ferry Road.

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