• Bob Vlach Woodford Sun Staff

Plans approved for storage buildings at Midway Station

Plans to construct storage buildings, a covered shed and an office building in the Midway Station industrial park were unanimously approved by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission Sept. 10. Two 12,000 square-foot warehouse buildings are proposed at 874 and 878 Bradley Street, Planning Director Pattie Wilson told the commission. Project engineer John Hunt said Charles T. Creech, Inc. will use both buildings for hay storage. A 17,500 square-foot covered shed, an 8,800 square-foot processing, maintenance and office building, and a loading dock and truck scale are proposed for 875 Bradley Street, Wilson said. She said employee parking will be located on the north side of the property. Hunt said Creech plans to relocate an existing facility, which he emphasized does not process the hay-muck received from horse farms. “It is baled and then trucked back out,” he said. “That’s why you have the covered shed, to keep the material once it comes in ... No processing (or composting) involved.” He said his description of a facility used for processing muck – a mixture of hay and manure – at a Technical Review Committee meeting last month was a poor choice of words. Rich Schein, Midway’s appointee on the commission, said, “There’s some ironic justice that 15 years later we ended up with some agriculture use ... at Midway Station.” He was referring to a failed effort to bring Bluegrass Stockyards to Midway Station. Return to in-person Wilson said she’s working with Woodford County Judge-Executive James Kay on returning to in-person meetings sometime prior to the end of the year. “Likely not before November,” she added. The commission has been conducting its meetings via Zoom video conferencing since group gathering restrictions were put in place by Gov. Andy Beshear to slow the spread of the coronavirus in March. Edgewood lawsuit Commission attorney Preston Worley said the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging action by Versailles City Council and the Planning Commission to allow urban development on property known as Edgewood farm are appealing a Woodford Circuit Court ruling in favor of the defendants. “So this will now go to the Court of Appeals and we’ll see ... where we go from there,” said Worley. He said the plaintiff’s appeal of Circuit Judge Jeremy Mattox’s decision was not surprising. The lawsuit filed by the Pisgah Community Historic Association and the Paynes Mill Committee seeks to overturn a decision by Versailles City Council to rezone land for development along Lexington Road, including a proposed site for a new hospital at the Paynes Mill Road intersection. The suit also challenges the commission’s decision to amend the Comprehensive Plan in order to expand the Versailles urban services boundary, which allowed the city council to rezone the agriculture property for urban uses.

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