ANDERSON — A 66-acre parcel that recently underwent a voluntary annexation into the city has been granted a rezoning to a business classification.
The Anderson Plan Commission on Tuesday approved the business classifications for the property and a second request from Elda Corp. and Jonathon Cook to rezone property from no zone designation to an industrial zoning at the southeast corner of Mounds and Rangeline roads.
The property owned by P.A.C. Development was annexed into the city last month despite vocal opposition by area residents to the property located at the southeast corner of 67th Street and Columbus Avenue.
Jerry Alexander of P.A.C. Development said there are several people interested in potential development and investment in the area.
Before taking public comment, Greg Spencer, president of the Plan Commission, cautioned remonstrators that the commission would not listen to legal issues and only about the rezoning of the property.
Faith Burmeister, a member of the Adams Township Advisory Board, said the land was taken out of Adams Township and put into the city of Anderson.
“I don’t believe the petition for annexation is legal,” she said. “The petition was only signed by two members of the P.A.C. Development board.”
Spencer said the property has already been annexed into the city and the zoning was all the Plan Commission will consider.
“I knew it was a long shot,” Burmeister said.
Several property owners to the south of the property on Columbus Avenue asked about potential development.
Spencer said there was no specific business or use proposed in the petition.
Currently the property has no zoning classification in the city and requested the business designation, which has to be approved by the Anderson City Council.
Greg Winkler, director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, previously said the property could be included in a tax increment finance (TIF) district that could extend to Eagle Park to the east.
The Plan Commission approved an industrial zoning for 205 acres on the east side of Rangeline Road and the south side of Mounds Road.
The property was voluntarily annexed into the city earlier this month.
Cook said the International Union of Operating Engineers, which has an office on the southwest corner of the intersection, is planning to construct a 20,000- to 30,000-square-foot office building on five acres of the property.
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The Anderson Plan Commission approved rezoning 66 acres for P.A.C. Development to a business classification for future development. Property on southeast corner of 67th Street and Columbus Avenue. Approved an industrial zoning for an office building on southeast corner of Rangeline and Mounds roads.