Goshen business hopes to relocate
Posted: 10/12/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Angelle Barbazon
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Martin Animal Bedding, as seen from the air Thursday, got a favorable recommendation from county planners to relocate despite concerns from area residents about dust and diminishing property values.
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Landowners near C.R. 17 and C.R. 38, where Martin Animal Bedding hopes to move, spoke out against the businessís relocation, worrying that their property values could be negatively affected. But Brads-Ko Engineering and Surveying Barry Pharis, who represents business owner Kevin Martin, said the impact on the area would be minimal.
ďI think if we looked for another location in Elkhart County that would be superior, we could not find it,Ē Pharis told plan commission members.
Martin Animal Bedding, 21918 S.R. 119, wants to move less than two miles away to 65448 C.R. 17. Martin is seeking to rezone the property from agricultural to a detailed planned unit development.
A year ago, the Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals blocked Martinís request to renew a special use permit for the S.R. 119 location, citing issues with dust, truck traffic and noise. The request came back to the county recently after a court decision this summer to stay the zoning decision pending further judicial review, allowing Martinís business to temporarily continue operation at its current location.
Martin has proposed moving his business to a property owned by his father on the east side of C.R. 17. Pharis said Martin wants to construct a larger building that would allow trucks to load and unload materials indoors. This measure would ease concerns about dust and noise, Pharis said.
Pharis noted that the property on C.R. 17 is 13 to 20 feet lower than the road. Further, he said, tall trees on the east and south sides of the land would act as a buffer against any dust that escapes. The closest homes to Martinís property, Pharis added, are 1,900 feet away.
Kenlyn Haack, who sold the property on C.R. 17 to the Martin family, told the plan commission that a wood recycling business is not appropriate for the area. She said it should be an industrial setting.
In his most recent request, Martin has agreed to relocate the businessís C.R. 17 entrance if the road is extended past C.R. 38. The new entrance would be a paved driveway off of C.R. 38, Pharis said.
The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners is expected to cast a final vote on Martinís request in November.