New elementary school approved by planners

Friday, July 27, 2007

A site plan review for a new elementary school on Learning Way was approved Thursday by the Shelbyville Planning Commission, while two other items of interest were delayed until August.

The school is to be located at the intersection of Learning Way and Madison Street on 3.22 acres. The property is currently zoned I-1 [light industrial]. It has no official name yet, although it is widely referred to as "Central Elementary School" for the sake of convenience.

In April, the school board said they had scheduled construction of the school to begin in October of this year and is estimated to take 18 months. The new facility would house 750 students and be 85,000 square feet in size and the first completely new primary school built in Shelbyville in decades.

Removed from the agenda was the second phase of Stones Throw Subdivision, a 36-lot development on 12.70 acres on Highway 231 South north of Naron Road. The item was removed from the agenda at the request of the builder.

In June 2006, the planning commission reversed a previous vote and approved the preliminary plat for the first part of the subdivision, which had been the center of a lawsuit between the city and its developer.

Residents living near the site of the development have shown up in large numbers at previous commission meetings to try to stop the subdivision from being built.

Also removed from the agenda at the request of the owner was a commercial retail structure totaling 9,600 square feet at 755 Madison St. so that traffic flow issues with the design could be addressed.

Last year, owner Bill Papanos planned to build Celebration Plaza at 747A Madison St. The building was to house stores in the bottom floor and "upper class" apartments on the top level. These plans have now been scaled to back to just retail space.

A site plan review for the Medical Office Building, which is to be on an out-parcel to the new Bedford County Medical Center, was approved by the commission. The site is located in the Airport Business Park.

Another site plan that was granted was for Wright Paving, a grading plan for their property at 196 L. Fisher Road. The company is expanding the area on the property used to store gravel.

Several other items were also approved by the commission. They were:

The annexation of five acres at the northeast intersection of South Cannon Boulevard and Flat Creek for Creekside Condominiums, a 28-unit residential planned unit development.

Rezoning was given the OK at 211 Kingree Road from R-3 [medium density residential] to C-2 [highway service district] for a day care center

A rezoning request was granted for 609 Whitthorne St. from R-2 [low density residential] to PUD [planned unit development] for townhouse units with 32 percent open space.

A site plan review was also approved for a traffic signal on Highway 231 North at Airport Business Park Drive.