City OKs small changes for mini-ware­houses

The Covington News - - LOCAL - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­

“Non-con­form­ing” is a des­ig­na­tion no busi­ness owner wants. It means a busi­ness can’t be re­built if more than 65 per­cent of the build­ing is burned, or if things are put on hold for more than six months. And it makes sell­ing such a busi­ness much more dif­fi­cult.

Mon­day night, the Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil did what it could to help own- ers of the mini-ware­houses in the Fred’s shop­ping cen­ter on U.S. 278 by chang­ing the zon­ing dis­tricts such busi­nesses can be built in.

The ware­houses were zoned “cor­ri­dor mixed use,” which did not al­low such busi­nesses. The city’s plan­ning com­mis­sion voted re­cently to change the def­i­ni­tion to in­clude mini-ware­houses. Mon­day night, the coun­cil agreed.

That does open all ar­eas of cor­ri­dor mixed use to mini-ware­houses, city plan- ner Scott Gaither said.

The al­ter­na­tive, zon­ing that mini-ware­house com­plex as “light in­dus­trial” to make it con­form with the city’s zon­ing, would have made part of a shop­ping cen­ter a place where re­cy­cling cen­ters or full-size ware­houses could be built, Gaither said.

Coun­cil­man Chris Smith wor­ried about chang­ing the zon­ing to put light manufacturing be­side the homes the bor­der the mini-ware­houses now.

More mini-ware­houses are likely to spring up in the city, Gaither said, as the ex­ist­ing units are “kind of full” now.

“That’s not our con­cern,” Smith said. “I’m a lot more con­fi­dent mov­ing mini-stor­age to CMU than I am to change it to (light in­dus­trial).”

A sec­ond read­ing on the zon­ing change will be held Sept. 15.

The own­ers of the prop­erty re­quested the zon­ing change to make sell­ing it eas­ier, al­though no sale ap­pears im­mi­nent.

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