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Change of zone requests among items on Monday's city council agenda

Among the items on the agenda for Monday evening’s Worthington City Council meeting are a pair of change of zone requests and consideration of a conditional use permit. All the matters were recommended for approval during a meeting this past week of the Worthington Planning Commission.

One change of zone request pertains to property located at 310 11th St., which if approved would go from its current ‘B-2’ Central Business District zoning designation to ‘B-3’ General Business District. The change would allow the property to be used as a warehouse/storage space with issuance of a conditional use permit. Efrain Patino has requested the change of zone and intends to utilize for a warehouse/storage space to serve his local businesses -- Thompson Mexican Grill, El Mexicano #3 and a-soon-to-be ice cream store.

The 310 11th St. property is owned by Forum Communications Co., which owns The Globe. According to the community development memo that’s part of the packet for Monday’s council meeting, the property owners feel that the current zoning of the property has prohibited its sale because of the nature of the existing building -- which was built as a printing facility for The Globe. The setup of the building combined with the lack of parking best suites the site for a small warehouse facility.

The property has been for sale for about five years. An application was submitted in 2018 to rezone the property to ‘B-3’ and was subsequently denied. The Planning Commission recommended approval of Patino’s change of request on a 4-2 vote this past week.

Another change of zone request involves property located on the east side of Nobles County 5 and approximately 450 feet north of Nobles County 35 from its current ‘TZ’ Transition Zone zoning designation to ‘R-4’ Medium Density Residential. Ryan Huegerich of Huegerich Construction Inc. has requested the change. Huegerich Construction Inc., developer out of Nebraska, is planning to construct 108 multi-family housing units on the site to serve JBS employees. This proposed project is part of JBS USA’s Hometown Strong program, which is seeking to provide housing for employees in communities in which JBS operates. The Planning Commission voted unanimously this week to recommend approval of the zone change,

In the third matter, Erin Schutte Wadzinski has applied for a conditional use permit to operate her law firm, Kivu Immigration Law, in the existing buildings located at 218 and 222 10th St. Office services located along 10th Street from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue require a conditional use permit. Kivu Immigration Law has grown faster than anticipated and to accommodate more staff in the coming year needs a larger building; it hopes to move to the subject property. Kivu Immigration law is currently located just down the street from the subject property on Third Avenue.

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