Commission approves Bluegrass Distillers plan
A plan to open a distillery on West Leestown Road, north of Midway, was
approved by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission
Sam Rock, co-owner of Bluegrass Distillers, said during a previous
public hearing that a historic residence on the property known as
Elkwood Farm would be used as a tasting room. He said existing barns and
new structures would be used in the distillery operation, which will
allow visitors to see the entire process, from growing corn on the farm
to distilling and housing the bourbon whiskey in barrel warehouses.
The property at 158 West Leestown Road, which was owned by the Mitchell
family since the late-1930s, is split-zoned with 20.5 acres agriculture
and 41.5 acres light industrial.
After the commission unanimously approved the plan, Rock gave two thumbs
up during the virtual meeting on the Zoom online platform. Commissioner
Chantel Bingham was not present.
Kain Ford plan approved
The commission approved an amended development plan that allows the Jack
Kain Ford car dealership on Lexington Road to construct a new
9,910-square-foot service bay and a smaller service bay for oil changes.
Prior to the approval, Commissioner Tim Parrott asked about a landscape
buffer that requires 27 trees to be planted along the Huntertown Road
side of the property. He said the buffer would provide relief to
neighboring residents if it’s required with this approval.
Project engineer John Hunt agreed the commission has the right to
enforce the buffer requirement with this amended plan.
Hunt said the planned expansion will direct lights downward in a new
parking lot. Neighboring residents have voiced concerns about the
dealership’s lighting in the past, Parrott said.
Warehouse plan approved
An amended development plan for a warehouse and office building at the
entrance of the Midway Station industrial park was unanimously approved.
The revised plan increases the size of the office and a guard house. A
storage building and a small parking area were also added, Planning
Director Pattie Wilson told the commission.
She noted White Dog Trading and Storage, LLC, the owner of the property
at 167 McKinney Drive, will need to come back to the commission before
moving forward with subsequent phases of the project.
Three more warehouses, which will store bourbon whiskey, are planned for
the site. In addressing concern about the appearance of the property
located at an entry to Midway Station, project engineer Matt Carter told
the commission that the first warehouse is built and has a stone wrap
around its base. And when the office is built “it’s going to be really
nice,” he said.
In other action, the commission approved a development plan that allows
CSI Group to build a new facility related to RV services at 930 McKinney
Avenue in Midway Station.
The commission approved a proposed budget for 2021-22 that decreases
requested funding from the local governments. Funding requests will
decrease from $133,325 to $112,371 for the City of Versailles and
Woodford County, and from $33,332 to $28,092 for the City of Midway.
The budget also includes a proposed 3 percent pay raise for the
There were no raises last year and “if we add the two cost of living
(increases) from this year and last year, we get to roughly 3 percent
and that seemed reasonable to us,” said Commissioner Rich Schein. He
chairs the committee that recommended the proposed 2021-22 budget to the
The Midway and Versailles city councils and Woodford Fiscal Court must
approve the commission’s proposed $565,084 budget for next fiscal year.
If approved, the budget expenditure for health insurance will increase
from $32,256 in 2020-21 to $58,829 in 2021-22, with building inspector
Josh Stevens adding his family and Wilson adding her husband to their plans.