2010-09-11 / News

Developer moving dirt again

By Charles Prince

Heavy equipment attacks the earthen mound at the southern end of Integrity Drive. Southgate Development started building three earthen pads for future buildings on Tuesday. Beacon photo by Charles Prince. Heavy equipment attacks the earthen mound at the southern end of Integrity Drive. Southgate Development started building three earthen pads for future buildings on Tuesday. Beacon photo by Charles Prince. HEBRON – Southgate Development has started building earthen pads for three future buildings off Integrity Drive, Hebron Community Development Coordinator Andie Myers told the Board of Planning and Zoning Tuesday night.

City Engineer Jerry Turner had approved the grading plans. Work started Sept. 7 after the site cleared a floodplain review. Myers told The Beacon that three foundation sites are being prepared.

1. 27,000 sq. ft. that could be expanded by 13,000 sq. ft.;

2. 32,000 sq. ft. that could be expanded by 32,000 sq. ft.; and

3. 54,000 sq. ft. that could be expanded by 18,000 sq. ft.

In other business Tuesday night, board members turned down a request to lift the village’s limit of three yard sales per year. Myers pointed out that residents actually can have four sales since no permit is required for the National Road Yard Sales Weekend. A North 7th Street apartment resident, citing financial hardship, asked to be allowed to conduct three additional sales this year.

“I think we are opening up a can of worms,” board member Charlie Kline said. Chair Rick Orr worried about setting a precedent if the request is granted.

“It looks like she wants to have an ongoing small business there,” council and board member Jim Friend added.

Bob Smith of St. Louisville, owner of 123-25 East Main St., asked if someone could live in a recently renovated commercial space in the building. There is already one apartment in the General Commercial zoned property.

“I want another option,” he told board members. “It is hard to get a business in there.”

Smith needs to apply for a conditional use permit to make the change, board members told him. None see any problems with approval.

Two variance applications were unanimously approved with little discussion. An expansion at Denise’s Family Hair Care at 139 E. Main St. can be approximately four feet from the property line rather than the required 20 feet. Clay’s Cafe at 808 W. Main St. may expand their kitchen to within six feet of the property line rather than the required 15 foot setback.

In her monthly report, Myers said she turned down a Thornville man’s request to stay in a camper or truck on a vacant lot in Sunny Acres whenever the weather is too bad for him to make it home. The man doesn’t own the lot, but maintains it for the owner who gave him permission to stay there. Myers denied the request because there is no primary residence on the lot. Board members agreed with her decision.

Myers said she is working with the county prosecutor’s office to remove junk vehicles from 124 Newark St. and 504 E. Main St. The first letter has gone out to both property owners.

She also discussed a concern about a hoarding situation with board members. They suggested she work with the county health department, acknowledging that she doesn’t have many options.

“We don’t have a maintenance code,” Orr explained.

The board’s next meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 4.

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