• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Woodford Reserve plan gets okay

The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a development plan that allows Brown-Forman Corporation to use nearby property for overflow parking at Woodford Reserve Distillery. Located across McCracken Pike from Woodford Reserve, the six-acre site at 7785 McCracken Pike will provide 180 parking spaces for distillery visitors and employees. "We're glad to be here with this problem," said Steve Ruschell, an attorney representing Brown-Forman Corporation, "because we had over 125,000 visitors last year." Projections anticipate 140,000 visitors at Woodford Reserve Distillery this year, he added. Once entrances to the properties are aligned, people will use a shuttle bus service, Ruschell said. He said an underground passageway is being considered as a long-term solution for pedestrian traffic. An existing structure known as Grist Mill House at 7785 McCracken Pike will be used for conferences, Ruschell said. Plat approved The Planning Commission approved a final record plat for two lots on vacant property formerly known as the Versailles Center. A 2.3758-acre lot will accommodate a new Holiday Day Inn Express and a .9447-acre lot will be used as a detention basin for the commercial property located along the U.S. 60 Bypass. Because engineering work related to the detention basin has not yet been completed, the plat was approved along with a certificate of deposit in the amount of $59,397.12. Sworn-in Chantel Bingham was sworn-in as the newest member of the Planning Commission. She will finish out the four-year term of former Chair J.D. Wolf's as a City of Versailles appointee.

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