Facing an outcry of concern from affected neighbors, Goshen City Council members Tuesday (Jan. 17) voted to table a request by Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) for the annexation of approximately 330 acres of real estate on the city’s southeast side.

As reported by the Goshen News, council members were asked during the meeting to consider passage of a resolution authorizing the extension of city sewer and water utilities to the targeted real estate, located at 16629 C.R. 36, just southeast of the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The resolution also asked for approval of the annexation agreement with Lippert that the company needs in order to connect with city water and sewer lines.

According to Mark Brinson, community development director for the city, Lippert officials plan to use the property as the location of a new 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.

Had it been approved, Tuesday’s vote would have been the first of similar votes that would have been needed over the course of the next few months in order to get the annexation request approved.

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