RICHMOND, Ind. – Richmond City Council unanimously approved the zoning changes requested for Porter Advertising and Reid Health at its first meeting in 2022 on Tuesday.
Porter Advertising plans a 4,500 square foot office building on three parcels of land totaling approximately 0.462 acres on the south side of North G Street between Chester Boulevard and North Ninth Street. The plots are currently vacant with the exception of two notice boards.
Council approval allows the three parcels to move from urban residential zoning to general commercial zoning. City staff and the Richmond Plan Advisory Board both recommended approval of the application.
Porter specializes in outdoor advertising, such as custom vinyl banners, window decals and billboards. He has been a part of the Richmond community since 1945, company president Richard Peterson told the board. He is currently housed at 12 N. 17th St.
George Sowers, who spoke on behalf of Porter Advertising, told the board the land had been vacant for at least 40 years and would allow Porter to grow its business. Peterson Land Holding LLC, of which Peterson is also President, currently owns the land.
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Some homes are across from the North Ninth Street site, but Ian Vanness, the city’s director of infrastructure and development, said the residential footprint in the area shrank after the US 27 was routed in front of the property. The houses on the plots in question disappeared from the mid to late 1970s.
Vanness said the rezoning supports the city’s commitment to supporting the growth of existing businesses and provides good use of vacant land.
Reid requested that a nearly 7 acre property at 910 Progress Drive be zoned as low to moderate intensity industrial rather than commercial industrial. Reid plans to transform an existing 30,000 square foot building into a commercial kitchen and sports training complex.
Reid plans to seek a property tax exemption for the kitchen half of the building, but would pay taxes on the sports half. The building would be an exact 50/50 split between uses. Although currently vacant after Reid bought it last year, the building was previously used as a food distribution warehouse, so it already contains a freezer and cooler.
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Robert Harmeyer, vice president of architecture firm MSKTD & Associates, said Reid would produce meals for senior residences, in-home meals and in-kitchen child care.
“Reid currently produces much of the food production offsite in their current kitchen at the hospital,” he said. “They have gone beyond this use; they need additional space to continue serving the community with their food production needs. “
The sports complex would be used by Reid’s staff to train high school and college athletes, Harmeyer said. A drawing of the construction plan submitted to council includes an indoor turf area, woodland, golf simulator and line of treadmills as well as areas for weights and exercise equipment.
City staff and the planning commission also recommended approval of this zoning change.
In other cases, the council has also approved an ordinance allowing the city to accept donations for the Richmond Police Department for uses such as the Blue Angels Fund, the Reserve Officer Program, the Mounted Patrol Unit , the K-9 program, the training center, the memorial fund, specialized equipment and specialized training.
Before the general assembly, 2,022 officers were elected. Gary Turner will be the president and Jeff Cappa the vice-president for the year. As the first act, Turner presented outgoing President Larry Parker with a plaque commemorating his service as President.
RP&L to buy radios
Serving as the board of directors of Richmond Power & Light, the board members authorized Managing Director Tony Foster to finalize negotiations for a new Motorola two-way radio system.
RP&L has chosen ERS Wireless as the supplier for P&R Communications. The cost will be approximately $ 454,000 with a support and monitoring cost of approximately $ 28,000 per year. The new system, which replaces a 15-year-old system, would use a tower at Clear Creek.
“We believe that in the long run, they would be the best fit for our community,” said Foster. “We are convinced that this is the direction we must take.”
RP&L had budgeted $ 800,000 in its 2022 IT budget for planned radio spending. By acting before Jan. 10, RP&L could save up to $ 30,000, Foster said, as Motorola plans to increase hardware costs by as much as 10%.
RP&L uses the radio system on a daily basis and especially during emergencies, such as outages, and reliable service is essential to employee safety.
The board members have chosen Ron Oler to continue as chairman until 2022. Parker is the vice chairman.