Danedri Thompson
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The northeast corner of 191st Street and Homestead Lane has been rezoned from agriculture to heavy-industrial district.
Edgerton City Council members approved the rezoning of an 8.162 acre property that will eventually house the DeLong Company during a meeting Dec. 27.
The company, an exporter of containerized grain, will open an export facility in the KC Logistics Hub. DeLong is the first customer of the Allen Group, which is developing a logistics park adjacent to the intermodal.
When the DeLong Company first closed on the property in the logistics hub, Edgerton staff thought the land would be converted from agricultural zoning to logistics park zoning. However, according to Edgerton zoning codes, grain elevators are not permitted in that zoning designation.
Beth Linn, Edgerton city administrator, said city officials spent a lot of time drafting regulations for logistics park zoning, but did not foresee grain processing being a niche and therefore did not address it.
“Grain processing is a more intensive use than logistics park,” Linn told the council.
Once the DeLong Company finishes construction on the site, trucks will deliver grain to the facility where it will be repackaged into shipping containers and shipped by rail.
According to Linn, Edgerton planners, who are assisted by planners from Johnson County, will work to assure that the aesthetics in an industrial-heavy-zoned property are cohesive with those in the neighboring properties, which will likely be zoned logistics park in the future.
The majority of the DeLong property is bordered by the actual intermodal, but one side is along 191st Street. Linn said how the company landscapes along the road will be critical. Before the DeLong facility is constructed, city officials will be asked to approve a site plan.
In other business, Edgerton City Council members:
• approved a $24,000 contract with Candid Marketing for communications and strategic marketing services in 2013. Edgerton hired the marketing company in 2012.
• approved the purchase of a $48,902 crack sealing machine. Currently, the city rents a machine for crack sealing work at a cost of approximately $3,500 per week. Last year, Edgerton’s public works department leased a machine for two weeks.