Thursday, November 16, 2000

Industrial zoning sought for 97-acre parcel on Dixie Hwy.

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        BURLINGTON — A proposal for industrial zoning for a 97-acre site along Dixie Highway near Richwood and Interstate 75 is headed for the Boone County Zone Change Committee.

        The committee will hear the request at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the county courthouse in Burlington.

        The applicant, the engineering firm LJB Inc., applied for the change for the property owners, Margaret Vickers and Eliz Gaines Ferguson. LJB requests a change from agricultural to industrial.

        Kevin Wall, planning commission director of zoning services, presented two options Wednesday: three distribution-style buildings ranging in size from 486,000 to 564,000 square feet each; or nine buildings of 120,000 to 250,000 square feet each.

        “The application form states that the proposed uses include "industrial warehouse,'” Mr. Wall's report states. “It is assumed that public water and sanitary sewer are proposed; however, this is not stated on the plans.”

        The report also stated no details concerning architectural design, signs or landscaping were submitted.

        That was not what T.C. Castellini wanted to hear.

        Mrs. Castellini has lived on Dixie Highway about 600 feet north of the site for nearly 60 years. She has no problem with the property being sold, but she wants to know specifically what is to be done with it.

        “I don't believe I heard enough information to warrant a zone change,” Mrs. Castellini said. “In the past, such requests have not been considered.”

        Mrs. Castellini also said the berm along U.S. 25 frequently crumbles away from the rest of the road.

        John Stevens of the development firm Al Neyer Inc. said there's no way to know what companies will occupy the site.

        “Infrastructure has to be ready,” Mr. Stevens said.

        After the zone change committee considers the request, it will go back to the Boone County Planning Commission at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. The commission will then recommend approval or rejection to the Boone Fiscal Court, which makes the final decision.


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