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Lakeshore, Lexington Road, Holiday Inn plans on agenda

Development plans for a distribution center near Midway's I-64 interchange, a residential subdivision on Lexington Road and a Holiday Inn Express in Versailles are scheduled to be presented to the Planning Commission on Thursday, Jan. 12. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the Woodford County Courthouse. The 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 (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 has passed a resolution stating its intent to annex the property. 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. Subdivision plan A preliminary development plan 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. Holiday Inn An amended development plan for a Holiday Inn Express at 365 Commerce Drive (near McDonald's on the U.S. 60 Bypass) increases the hotel's floor area from 43,867 square feet to 44,248 square feet. The proposed 82-room, four-story Holiday Inn Express is being built on a 2.38-acre lot. H&W Management Company hopes to begin construction on its Holiday Inn Express in early March. Auto parts store 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) is also on the P&Z's Jan. 12 agenda. The proposed 7,225 square-foot auto parts store will be built along Lexington Road on 1.36 acres at 235 Equestrian Park. Woodford Reserve plan 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, is on the agenda. 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. Election of officers The Planning Commission will elect its chair, vice chair and secretary for 2017 at its Jan. 12 meeting. Votes will also determine who will serve on committees: Comprehensive Plan, subdivision regulations, personnel/budget, and legal.

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