80 acres of farmland might become industrial, to homeowners' dismay


Property owners west of the proposed rezoning (dotted lines) say it will hurt property values. (Kyle Lewis/Daily Reporter graphic)

HANCOCK COUNTY — Deemed among the best-suited properties in the county for development, 80 acres of farmland west of University Loft Co. will be recommended for a zoning change.

Nearby homeowners, however, object to further development in the area along Interstate 70 west of Greenfield. They fear industrial expansion will ruin the quiet rural environment near their homes.

The rectangular parcel, situated between CR 300N and I-70, lies immediately west of University Loft Co.’s plant. It is owned by the Townsend Limited Partnership, which was seeking a zoning change from agricultural to Light Industrial Business Park.

“This part of Hancock County is subject to much interest for industrial development, and the land must be ready,” said Greenfield attorney Ronald Pritzke, who represented the Townsend family before the Hancock County Area Plan Commission Tuesday night.

There are no active prospects looking to develop the parcel, “but the family wants to get started,” Pritzke said. “They know a potential user won’t wait 60 to 90 days to go through the zoning process.”

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