• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Restaurants, retail business planned for vacant site

Woodford Sun StaffTwo restaurants and a retail business are planned for a vacant site (known as the Versailles Center) near McDonald’s and the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites being constructed. A development plan, which shows a 36-seat restaurant with a drive-through and an 80-seat restaurant with an outdoor patio, was recently reviewed by the Technical Review Committee (TRC). The plan also shows a retail business and an unknown use in a fourth storefront. The final development plan for the 1.3798-acre lot on Kroger Way was sent to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission. Animal clinic A consolidation plat and amended development plan, which will allow VCA Woodford Animal Clinic to replace its existing veterinary facilities at 1325 Lexington Road, was reviewed by TRC. Veterinary Centers of America (VCA) acquired the property for $2.2 million last May. By purchasing the property, Dr. Dale Eckert said during an interview last May that VCA can proceed with its intentions to build a state-of-the-art vet facility with more exam rooms “so we can provide better services for the clients.” It will replace a hospital with portions of its facilities dating back to the late-1960s, Eckert said. A proposed dog park and crematorium are also shown on the development plan submitted to TRC for review on Nov. 14. Dr. Eckert and his business partner, Dr. Lloyde Jolly, sold their small animal practice to VCA in 2008, but retained ownership of the property until the recent sale. The business (formerly known as Woodford Veterinary Clinic) opened as VCA Woodford Animal Hospital in October of 2008, Eckert said. The amended development plan for a new veterinary facility was sent to the Planning Commission. Townhouse plat A plat for a two-unit townhouse on Mack Street was reviewed and sent to the Planning Commission chair for approval. The property owner (Almogaver Properties, LLC) will also need a variance in order to build the townhouse on a 50-foot wide lot. The Board of Adjustment is scheduled to have a hearing on that variance request at its Dec. 4 meeting.

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