Woodford Reserve gets permit for more barrel warehouses
A conditional-use permit that will allow Brown-Forman Corporation to
construct 10 bourbon warehouses on 147 acres at 1220 Georgetown Road
(north of I-64) near Midway was unanimously approved by the
Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Board of Adjustment (BOA) Monday.
The Woodford Reserve Distillery aging warehouses (known as rickhouses)
will be built every two years over a period of 10 to 15 years, according
to Brown-Forman’s application.
Conditions of the permit include the construction of “on-site
containment facilities to prevent contamination of South Elkhorn Creek
including underground spillage control and a retention pond with a 3
million gallon capacity.”
The BOA previously approved a permit allowing Woodford Reserve to
construct 12 bourbon warehouses on adjacent property. Four of those
warehouses have been built and only five more can be built because of
geotechnical restrictions related to low-lying land and its proximity to
Elkhorn Creek, according to representatives of Brown-Forman.
Woodford Reserve Plant Director Donna Willis told the BOA that the five
warehouses on the adjacent property will likely be built through
calendar year 2025 – before any warehouses are constructed at 1220
Georgetown Road, which is currently owned by the Homer Michael Freeny
Brown-Forman will buy the land after being approved for the warehouse
use on the agriculture property, its attorney Steve Ruschell told the BOA.
Bed & breakfast
The board unanimously granted a conditional-use permit that allows a bed
and breakfast/inn to operate in a home at 100 South Gratz Street in
Midway. The two-bedroom B&B will operate in the single-family home
(built in 1889) during the spring and summer months, according to the
application from owner Stripes Real Estate, LLC (Adrian Mansergh Wallace).
Neighbor Pam Yount said she and her husband have some concerns about the
plans for a B&B. “I don’t want to be disrupted or inconvenienced because
I can’t park in front of my house or I can’t sit out on my deck and
enjoy my backyard …” she said, citing fears about noise and limited
Wallace described plans for a B&B as important to Midway because
visitors come here to see this area’s signature industries, including
horses and bourbon distilleries.
He also addressed Yount’s concerns about an online ad that described the
B&B as being available for 10 guests, which he said will be readjusted
“to a more reasonable amount.” And he noted there’s room on the side of
his house and behind it to park cars, in addition to the public
BOA Chair Tim Turney noted if any issues arise related to the operation
of the B&B in the future, those concerns can be addressed by the board
if necessary. Also, Planning Director Pattie Wilson pointed out an
annual review is conducted to ensure the property owner is complying
with the permit’s conditions.
The BOA approved a variance that reduces the building setback for
planned self-storage units at 1051 Tyrone Pike. Instead of a required
setback of 100 feet from residential zones, the planned self-storage
units will be 50 feet from Abbey Aly, which is located near the property
line of a neighborhood developed by Anderson Communities.
Representatives from Anderson Communities and applicant JPG Rental and
Storage came to an agreement on conditions for the setback variance,
including requirements that a 6-foot-high privacy fence will be erected,
no garage doors will face the residential property and no outdoor
parking or storage will be permitted on the residential side of the
The BOA unanimously approved a conditional-use permit so Rocking M, LLC
(owner of Merefield Farm: 300 acres on the south side of Weisenberger
Mill Road) can operate an agri-tourism/business.
In his application, owner Robert E. Maclin III, manager of Rocking M,
said the agri-tourism events will involve the horse farm and farm tours
as well as events in a barn. He agreed to limit the number of guests at
events to 100.