GARRETT — The Garrett Plan Commission has paved the way for bringing a farm implement company’s move just outside of town a little closer to reality.
At its January 25 meeting, the Planning Commission recommended that Plevna Implement Co. move to the Wiant Drive intersection at SR 8.
Two of the plots will be the new home of Plevna Implement Co., which has locations in Kokomo, Nappanee and most recently at the former Harmony Outdoor Equipment site on Peckhart Drive in the west end of Auburn.
Kent Schrock, president of Plevna Implement, said Garrett’s approximately 10-acre location will offer sales and service for grain and livestock equipment, outdoor lawn and garden and commercial equipment and other types. equipment for industrial, commercial and construction use.
Plans call for an 80 foot by 300 foot building on the east side of Wiant Drive at SR 8 for its commercial, sales and service operations and a general display area of lots and equipment on the west side of the intersection. .
The matter now goes to Garrett’s Common Council for approval.
Schrock explained that the Auburn site is not scalable to provide the space needed for the larger farm equipment it sells. Plevna currently leases the space where the Auburn site operates. The Auburn property is currently for sale.
Although there is no official timetable for the opening of the new site, construction of the new building should begin as soon as the weather clears and plans can move forward, he added. .
In a related matter, at a second public hearing on January 25, the commission agreed to send a favorable recommendation to the Common Council to authorize the sale and service of agricultural equipment in a general industrial district (IG). Currently, such operations are not permitted, but the commission agreed that farm equipment should be treated the same as an auto sales and repair shop.
The commission also gave its recommendation to a map outlining an extraterritorial planning jurisdiction for the city.