Friday, August 29, 2014


Earth is being moved in the Bristol Park for Industry to prepare for new factories. (Miriam Nowak/The Elkhart Truth)

Bristol's new Industrial Drive is expected to be open by the end of May. The new road will connect Earthway Industrial Park, where Utilimaster is, to S.R. 15. (Miriam Nowak/The Elkhart Truth)
Bristol neighborhood grapples with industrial growth

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

The Bristol Town Council heard concerns from residents who live on C.R. 29 concerning the expansion of the Bristol Park for Industry, which is turning farm land into the sites for new businesses.

The industrial park is being annexed into the town, but the houses along C.R. 29 between the railroad tracks and S.R. 120 are in the county. Residents raised concerns about how traffic, speeding, the railroad tracks, noise levels, odor, trash and lighting will affect them. Town manager Bill Wuthrich and chief deputy Mike Albin answered questions on what to expect as the property is developed and offered to help with specific issues, such as traffic enforcement, as much as possible.

Wuthrich told the council that the water and sewer lines will be going into the ground shortly in the industrial park for the extension of Commerce Drive to C.R. 29.

The council approved an ordinance to change the zoning for the Bristol Park for Industry from a general planned unit development to a detailed planned unit development.

In other business:

Wuthrich told the council that work will begin next week to finish Industrial Drive, and it may be open by May 28. Industrial Drive will connect S.R. 15 to the Earthway Industrial Park, where Utilimaster is located.

The council adopted a resolution stating that Utilimaster is in substantial compliance for the terms they agreed to when they asked the town for a tax abatement. Town attorney Glenn Duncan, told the council that Utilimaster had exceeded the promises they made.

The council approved taking steps for an additional appropriation of $98,642 from the town’s economic development income tax fund to help pay for the completion of Industrial Drive.

Town council president Cathy Burke announced a special council meeting for the first reading of the ordinance to annex Industrial Drive at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1. A meeting for the final reading of the annexation ordinance is planned for 3 p.m. Friday, May 23.