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Plan commission to take up project requests

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A $15 million project to build a plant in Columbus for a supply chain company needs the Columbus Plan Commission to support two requests for it to move forward.

Browning Investments Inc. plans to build a 468,000-square-foot facility for the Phoenix Group in the Woodside Northwest Park on International Drive. The investment is expected to create 50 new jobs averaging $30,000.

At today’s 4 p.m. meeting at Columbus City Hall, Browning will request the annexation of a 17.33-acre parcel of land into the city limits and rezoning of that parcel from agricultural preferred to heavy industrial use. The parcel is at 6105 S. County Road 300W, in Wayne Township.

The Plan Commission’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Columbus City Council, which will render a final decision. The next City Council meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Jeff Bergman, director of the Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department, said his department is recommending approval of the annexation and rezoning requests.

The Columbus Plan Commission also will hear requests for:

Two freestanding signs at Historic City Hall, 445 Fifth St., Columbus.

The building has been transformed into offices and apartments. The signs would indicate which businesses have offices in the building.

The current city ordinance permits such signs on the buildings or the windows of the buildings. The request for the variance is because of the building’s historic nature, Bergman said.

Bergman said his department would not recommend approval because the request doesn’t meet the criteria of the ordinance.

Division of a lot between Sixth and Seventh streets and Jackson and Washington streets in Columbus.

The division of the Cummins Inc. property would create a lot separate from the company’s parking garage in that area. Sprague Co. intends to construct an apartment building at the location.

The Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department is recommending approval of the request, Bergman said.

The division of a 10-acre lot at 1450 S. Terrace Lake Road into one 7-acre lot and a 3-acre lot.

Joel Spoon, a Columbus developer, wants to build a housing subdivision on the 7-acre property, Bergman said.

Spoon also will ask for a delay in the installation of sidewalks along Terrace Lake Road and Carr Hill Road. The city’s ordinance requires that sidewalks must be built when a new lot is created. Spoon wants to delay the construction of the sidewalks until the housing subdivision is further along, Bergman said.

The planning department supports both requests, Bergman said.

Rezoning four parcels at 1207 and 1225 Central Ave., Columbus, from residential single-family to residential multi-family use.

Bergman said Curt and Michelle Aton would like to build apartments on the property at some point. He said the planning department would support the request.

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