Goshen (Ind.) City Council members Tuesday (Feb. 6) voted to approve an annexation agreement with Lippert Components Inc. involving three parcels of land on the city’s southeast side.
But, according to a Goshen News report, in an unexpected compromise aimed at appeasing all parties involved, the council also agreed to discard a second, connected annexation request involving an additional three nearby parcels owned by the company D-ACT-Z.
Tuesday’s meeting marked the second time the two annexation requests had come before the council in the past two months. Council members originally heard the requests during their Jan. 16 meeting, though the requests were eventually tabled after several residents raised concerned about the proposed annexation and its proximity to their homes. The Goshen Redevelopment Commission voted in favor of approving the annexation agreements during a special Jan. 30 meeting.
The property in question is located in the area of 16629 C.R. 36, just southeast of the city limits near the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Made up of a total of six parcels, Lippert’s portion of the targeted property includes parcels 1, 2 and 3, while the D-ACT-Z portion included parcels 4, 5 and 6. As proposed, the property would be zoned Light Industrial upon annexation into the city.
According to the agreements, Lippert officials plan to use their portion of the property as the location of a new, highly automated 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.
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