Panera Bread to open eatery in Shepherdsville

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE – First, there was a Wal-Mart built in Shepherdsville.

And, then, Starbucks hit the scene.

By the end of the year, Panara Bread should be open for business.

However, Bullitt County Board of Adjustment member Donna Etherton was looking for a much quicker opening.

Attorney Eric Farris, representing Dixie Highway Development, successfully secured four variances from the board during its January meeting.

He said the new Panera Bread would be located next to Turnpike Liquor, which is next to the Starbucks, which opened last year.

All are located on Keystone Crossroads Drive, off Adam Shepherd Parkway.

Farris said the variances for parking and signage were common with other businesses.

The restaurant, which should open by the end of 2017, would have a 70-foot sign. That is 40 foot higher than the existing regulations but in line with other businesses in the area.

There was no opposition.

In other variances:

*The Norton medical center on High Point Court will be expanding.

In order to have the desired 105 parking spaces, Jon Henney of Abel Mount Washington LLC requested a variance to make the spaces smaller in size.

There was no opposition.

*Sharron Bell received a variance to allow a non-conforming building to come into compliance.

The property on Griffis Lane has had a garage/office space since 1982. In order to sell the property in the future, the variance is needed.

The variance was granted.

In matters handled by the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission:

*A site plan was approved for Elk Creek Animal Hospital.

The owners of the Elk Creek Animal Hospital will open a facility near Mount Washington.

The conditional-use permit has already been approved.

A current structure will be enlarged by 2,000 square feet and have access to Kings Church Road.

Only dogs and cats will be treated at the new facility.

*A site plan for Franklin Logistics was approved for one of its planned warehouse structures off East Blue Lick Road.

Two pads are in the works with the pad located behind Gilt Group being the one to have the first structure.

Variances for the distribution center  have been received from the board of adjustment.

*Subdivision plans for three Dogwood Homes of Kentucky communities were approved.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Adjustment will be on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. 

The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission will meet on that same day at 7 p.m.

Both meetings will be held at the Nina Mooney Courthouse Annex. The public is invited to attend.