East, west developments OK'd

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Company is coming to Home Depot in West Ridge Plaza. And plans are moving forward for a large retail shopping center in eastern Franklin County by Best Western Inn and the new Fairfield Inn Suites under construction.

Thursday, the Frankfort-Franklin County Planning Commission approved the final development plan for two more of the five lots in West Ridge Plaza, Frankfort's newest shopping complex.

The commission also unanimously approved a preliminary development plan for a large shopping center on 67.8 acres, owned by Max Allen, whose family owns Best Western and Fairfield Inn. The site is in the northwest quadrant of the Interstate-64 and Versailles Road interchange.

At West Ridge Plaza, Lots 1 and 2 were approved. On Lot 1, a 14,200 square-foot shopping center is proposed on 2.3 acres, with 129 parking spaces. One of the drawings for Lot 1 presented at Thursday's meeting showed space for four tenants, including a Longhorn Steakhouse and Panera Bread bakery and cafe on each end with two retail stores in the middle.

No contracts have been signed yet, "but those are certainly high prospective tenants," said attorney Charlie Jones, who represents West Ridge and Franklin Square developers.

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