• Woodford Sun Staff Report

U-Haul decision set for Monday, July 9

The Board of Adjustment is expected to make its decision on whether to approve a conditional-use permit to allow U-Haul International to open an indoor self-storage facility in the Lexington Road Plaza’s former Kroger store at its Monday, July 9, meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the Woodford County Courthouse.

U-Haul wants the board to determine that an indoor self-storage facility is a similar use to other permitted uses in the B-4 (highway business) district. If successful, U-Haul would still need the Planning Commission to approve an amended development plan for an indoor self-storage facility.

Those who spoke in opposition to the request during a public hearing in June said allowing U-Haul to open a self-storage facility in the shopping center would set a bad precedent for valuable retail space in the community. One business owner pointed out that people living here need more retail options so they don’t have to drive to Lexington or Frankfort.

“U-Haul has a successful business strategy of revitalizing (big) box stores,” said attorney Whitney Dunlap, who represented the company at last month’s hearing. He described U-Haul as a business with a truck/trailer rentals and indoor self-storage spaces, while also being “a vital retail business.”

Opponents of the plan for U-Haul to locate in a business district have said that self-storage units are a permitted use in the light industrial district and not a similar use to what’s permitted in the B-4.Other requests

Hearings are also scheduled on two requests for conditional-use permits.

Steven Bishop and Angela Hunter are seeking approval for a permit to offer family child care at 415 Crown Court, single-family residential zoning district.

Rocking M, LLC (Merefield Farm) wants a permit for an agricultural enterprise at 301 Lansing Lane, involving agri-tourism farm tours and events in its horse/tobacco barn and round pen. The farm is located in the agriculture district.

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