Apartment developers to expand road; to aid congestion

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By Thomas Barr

  HILLVIEW - Over a year ago, developers cleared the first hurdle to build nearly 200 apartment units in northern Bullitt County.

But it has taken over 15 months to gain final approval.

The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission approved a subdivision plan for Brooks Crossing.

The delay has been getting approval on road improvement plans which were part of the rezoning request.

The complex would be located on Blue Lick Road just north of the John Harper Highway.

Its main entrance will be off Blue Lick across from the McDonald’s.

Last month, attorney Eric Farris said the state department of highways finally approved the plans submitted by his client.

The road improvements to be provided at the expense of the developer were more than required by the planning commission.

Engineer John Miller, no relation to the planning commissioner of the same name, said that the entrance would be located across from Centre Drive, which is the entrance next to McDonald’s.

There would be another lane added to East Blue Lick Road from John Harper northbound 400 feet past the Centre Boulevard entrance.

The lane would be 12-foot wide.

Plus, the left-turn lane on John Harper to East Blue Lick Road would have to be extended another 450 feet toward the interchange.

This would help as long lines of traffic extend well past the current turn lane.

Of the 19 acre tract, about seven is zoned residential for the apartment complex. The rest is zoned B-1 Highway Business for commercial development.

No plans have been announced other than the apartment complex.

At the time of the original zoning, developers said it would not be low-cost apartments and there was an agreement for screening between the complex and existing residential property owners.

The commission unanimously approved the plat.

In other zoning matters:

*The Bullitt County Board of Adjustment approved a side yard variance for Flynn Holdings.

The variance was needed due to the subdivision of a lot on Park Loop Road off Cedar Grove Road.

*Sign Monkeys received a variance to add a 172 square foot sign to the back of a building housing Dents, Dings and Colors.

The business is in the Bells Mill Road Business Park and the sign would be on top of the building. The sign would face Preston Highway.

It will be lighted.

The variance was approved.

*The board also approved two variances for Dennie Memorial United Methodist Church in Lebanon Junction.

Attorney John Wooldridge said the church is rebuilding following a fire.

The variance would reduce the size of parking spaces from 39 to 31. It would also reduce the size of the parking spaces from 200 to 150 square feet.

The church is located in Lebanon Junction and has been in the community since 1899.

*Mike Osbourn Lawn Care received a variance to build a salt storage building at the business on Bells Mill Road.

Farris said the structure would need a variance for a side setback.

There was no opposition.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Adjustment will be on Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. The planning commission meets at 7 p.m. on that night.

Both meetings are open to the public and are located in the Nina Mooney Courthouse Annex.