• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

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

Jr. Trust.

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

on-street parking.

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

on-street parking.

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.

Self-storage units

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

industrial property.

Agri-tourism permit

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.

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