Goshen City Council members Tuesday (March 6) gave their final nod of approval to a request by Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) for the annexation of approximately 153 acres of land on the city’s southeast side.

The Goshen News reported that during the meeting, council members voted on second reading to approve a request by Lippert for the annexation of three parcels of land located east of and adjacent to the existing Goshen corporate boundary on the north and south sides of C.R. 36, just southeast of the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Central to the request is a plan by Lippert to use the annexed property as the location of a new $20 million facility focused on light manufacturing, research and development with the potential for multiple facilities at the site. The company builds components for the recreational vehicle industry.

Tuesday’s meeting marked the third time the annexation request has come before the council in as many months. Council members had originally been set to vote on the request on first reading during their Jan. 16 meeting, though the request was eventually tabled after several residents raised concerns about the proposed annexation and its potential impact to their homes.

The request would end up being passed on first reading during the council’s Feb. 6 meeting, but not before council members agreed to consider reducing the overall scope of the annexation.

As originally proposed, the annexation agreement included requests by both Lippert and a second company, D-ACT-Z, involving six parcels totaling more than 330 acres.

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