Officials representing a firm seeking to change the land classification for about 29 acres along Greencastle Pike said during a meeting Monday night that they are considering building a 730,000-square-foot warehouse facility on the tract.
Or the firm, Heritage Huyett LLC, could sell the site just north of Huyetts Crossroads to an entity that would build the warehouse itself, said local attorney Brian Kurtyka, who is representing Heritage Huyett.
Heritage Huyett described its plans to the Washington County Planning Commission, which is considering the firm’s request to change the site’s land classification.
Heritage Huyett owns about 90 acres at the site. It is asking that the land classification for the 29-acre section be changed from Business Local to Planned Industrial. Heritage officials said the change — also referred to as a rezoning — would give them more flexibility for developing the site.
Sixty acres at the site already are classified Planned Industrial.
Several residents attended Monday’s meeting to learn more about the project, such as traffic issues.
Among those attending was Terry Randall, president of Heritage Capital, which owns Heritage Huyett.
Randall and other project officials spoke with residents in a hallway outside the meeting after the company gave a presentation to the commission. Randall said he envisions a tenant such as Amazon for the warehouse facility.
Randall said he would like to start work at the site late next summer.
Heritage Huyett officials are still submitting information to the planning commission. When a rezoning request is made, the petitioner must argue that the rezoning is needed for one of two reasons: that is that the county made a mistake in the way it zoned the property. or that there has been a change in the make-up of a community that warrants a zoning change.
Kurtyka said his client is still studying which argument to make. Heritage Huyett is expected to come back to the planning commission with more details.
After additional details are submitted, Kurtyka said the planning commission will hold a public rezoning information meeting — just like Tuesday’s meeting — which gives the public a chance to comment on the rezoning request.
The planning commission will ultimately forward a recommendation to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.