Plan Commission OKs Bradley Building change

By Joseph Slacian

In somewhat a repeat of its May meeting, the Wabash Plan Commission granted permission to Vandermark Duffey Enterprises to subdivide 5 W. Canal St. into five tracts.

Dave Vandermark and Kathleen Alspaugh purchased the site, the former Bradley Building, in 2017, and have been working on refurbishing it, and four other buildings on West Canal Street, since then.

According to their plans for the Bradley Building, the owners plan to split the parcel into five tracts – two on the ground floor, two on the second floor and one on the third floor. The ground floor tracts would remain commercial space, while the second and third floors would be residential.

Parking would not be an issue, Vandermark Duffey representative Greg Metz told the commission, noting that there are four parking spots available in the basement of the building. There also is parking available behind the building.

The commission approved the matter 7-0-1, with commission president Mary Kramer recusing herself as she is related to Alspaugh.

In May, the commission approved a similar measure for Vandermark Duffey, this one involving the former Plummer Law Office. The ground floor will be used for commercial business while the upper floor would be residential.

In another matter, the commission conditionally approved a request from Peebles Family Farm to rezone four acres of land north of 3268 S State Road 13 to general business.

The commission voted 7-0-1 to send the request to the Wabash City Council for formal approval. Commission member Bill Barrows recused himself as he is related to the Peebles.

The conditional approval was needed as some needed material was not presented to the commission. Those items include a formal list of those nearby property owners who were notified by letter of the pending matter, as well as a publisher’s affidavit from the Wabash Plain Dealer, indicating the proper legal notice was advertised in advance of the meeting. The Peebles have until Friday, June 14, to provide the needed material to the building commissioner’s office.

Once received, the matter will then be sent to the Wabash City Council for consideration. The council could vote to approve the commission’s recommendation, vote to reject the recommendation, or take no action on the matter. If no matter is taken, the commission’s recommendation will become official in 90 days.

The change is needed because Peebles Family Farm officials plan to sell the land to the McWhirt family to construct a veterinary clinic at the site.

Floyd McWhirt told the commission his wife’s current practice, Wabash Veterinary Clinic, is outgrowing its current space. The move, he said, would allow for a larger clinic and, possibly, the addition of another veterinarian on the staff.

Posted on 2019 Jun 11