Holcomb approves Agridyne rezoning request

7/6/2013

By SCOTT AUST

By SCOTT AUST

saust@gctelegram.com

The Holcomb City Council voted 5-0 Friday morning to approve a rezoning request for land near the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue that will allow a liquid cattle feed company to move forward with its plans.

Agridyne, an Illinois-based company, hopes to begin working by Monday on a distribution facility for its product in Holcomb.

Robin Pena, Holcomb administrator, said isn't sure the company will start actual construction on Monday since it will still need to get necessary permits.

"I don't know if they mean they're going to start pulling permits on Monday or what, but clearly no permits have been pulled yet because the zoning just got done. But they will be able to move forward," she said.

The property's zoning was changed from railroad right-of-way to a medium industrial district.

The company will ship product in by rail to the site in Holcomb, offload it into a storage facility and then load it into trucks for distribution to customers throughout the area. The company is working on a 15-year lease agreement with the railroad for a rail spur.

Two weeks ago, the planning commission recommended against approving the zoning change, based on a question raised by a Holcomb resident about possible odor the facility might generate. But Garden City's planning and community development staff subsequently called several communities where Agridyne has facilities, including one in Scott City, and none of the communities reported any complaints about odor.

Planning commission recommendations are not binding on the Holcomb council. The city could choose to override them.

An estimated 10 to 15 temporary construction jobs and anywhere from six to 12 permanent jobs could be created by the company.

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