• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Midway Station zone change for future industry

The Planning Commission recommended that 73.314 acres in Midway Station, located north of I-64, be rezoned from residential to light industrial (I-1) during its meeting last Thursday, Sept. 13.

The Woodford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) requested the zone change to accommodate future industrial users, including a plumbing supply distribution business, which has a contract to locate in Midway Station. Two other users are also interested in coming, according to Jonathan Strom, an attorney representing applicant Midway Station, LLC.

The land available for industrial users in Midway Station will increase to 127.516 acres with the zone change, which must be approved by Midway City Council.

An adjacent property owner, Homer Michael Freeny Jr., has filed an application to rezone 137 acres of his farm from A-1 (agricultural) to I-1, his attorney and his letter informed the commission.

If approved as I-1, the Freeny Trust property will provide a rear access to Midway Station, which would improve traffic circulation on McKinney Avenue, according to the applicant.

In recent years, 43.551- and 37-acre tracts of land in Midway Station were rezoned to I-1. Lakeshore Learning operates a distribution center on the larger tract and American Howa Kentucky has a manufacturing facility on 15 acres of the smaller tract, a Planning Commission staff report stated.

“When we got that large user in the past working with the state,” said EDA Chair John Soper, “we were able to get the funds as part of that project to widen the end of McKinney Avenue for the truck traffic that’s there. That was very critical to (the large industrial users), and it’s been very beneficial to the whole development.” He said payroll tax dollars from jobs created by a new large user would provide additional revenue so the City of Midway can pay for final surface course improvements to McKinney Avenue.

In addition to offering a dedicated right of way on his property to improve traffic circulation in Midway Station, Freeny said he’s willing to donate (or offer a long-term lease at a nominal fee for) land with public access to Elkhorn Creek for recreational use.

“I would like to see some kind of green space out at Midway Station,” Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said, “so that Freeny offer is a wonderful offer, I think.”

Joe Greathouse, who identified himself as a lifelong Midway resident, said he’s glad businesses are finally coming to Midway Station.

However, he said it’s important to have a little more residential land on the north side of I-64.

“Housing’s a big need in the county for employers,” he said. “… I think that’s a good place.”

Before making a motion to recommend rezoning the 73 acres to I-1, Rich Schein, Midway’s representative on the Planning Commission, agreed there’s a need for housing in Midway, but said this isn’t the place for it.

Building addition

The commission unanimously approved a development plan for an expansion of the Family Eyecare Associates building at 105 Crossfield Drive (PIF Investments and Central Kentucky Development Company).

A planned 1,390 square-foot addition will be built onto the rear of the existing 5,578 square-foot building, according to the plan reviewed by commissioners. The plan also includes a proposed drainage pipe that will direct storm water runoff to a detention basin.

Request denied

The commission unanimously denied a request from the Kentucky Youth Softball Foundation, Inc., to be reimbursed the permit fees to construct a restroom/concession stand building for Field 9 of the Woodford County Park. The action was taken after attorney Tim Butler advised commissioners not to reimburse the fees because they do not have the legal authority to spend (or reimburse) public funds on a project undertaken by a private entity.

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