Possible Design for Proposed Taylor Mill UDF Presented
Efforts to bring a United Dairy Farmers location to Taylor Mill continued Wednesday night as the development team presented preliminary designs for the first time.
The plans call for a new UDF at the corner of Taylor Mill Road and Honey Road.
"This site is positioned well to serve this growing community because of its location, access, and visibility," said Tim Kling, director of real estate at UDF.
Plans for the UDF led to a lengthy city commission meeting in January where owners of the property upon which the new store would be constructed believed that zoning changes were sought to prevent its development.
There was consideration given to barring new gas stations from being developed in an area that is undergoing a huge re-imagination in the form of The Districts of Taylor Mill. The city commission opted not to adopt that clause following three hours of public discussion.
Phil and Laurie Peace purchased more than seven acres of land in the area in 2006 with hopes that someday their dream home would be built there. Those plans changed and now the land may be home to a UDF and a second development, Phil Peace said at Wednesday night's Taylor Mill City Commission meeting. No further details were given on what the second development could be.
City leaders said in January that they had yet to see a design plan for the project. That changed Wednesday.
The entire project would encompass a little more than two acres and 82,000 square feet. The store itself would be five-thousand square feet and would feature seven fueling stations with fourteen dispensers under a canopy. UDF architect John Johnston said he would recommend pursuing what the company calls its "residential-style" store instead of a more commercial one. Similar stores can be found on Turkeyfoot Road and in Alexandria and Independence.
"Residential-style would be most appealing for this location," Johnston told the city commission. "We recently completed on in Ohio and were given an award for architectural excellence which we're very proud of."
The UDF signage would be placed right at the intersection in front of a rain garden.
"It's refreshing to have something to look at. We haven't had that privilege in the past," Mayor Dan Bell said.
Johnston said that the design for the proposed UDF would be consistent all around its building which would be wrapped with all the same details from front to back. "It's a continuous presentation and we think that would be important here because of the residential apartments that are here close to the site," Johnston said.
"It's been enjoyable to work on the site. I think we fit well on the site and I think we would be a good participant in the community and a valued place for the Taylor MIll community to come and get provided services," he said.
"It's a really nice looking building," City Commissioner Dan Murray said. "I've been to a lot of your places and never saw one that wasn't well taken care of, I'll give you that."
City Commissioner Ed Kuehne said he met with the Peaces recently and expressed his intentions. "I look forward to a lot of things going on in the city and I think UDF would be a good neighbor for us," Kuehne said. "There are a lot of things that need to be taken care of." He listed watershed actions, zoning, and green space requirements.
"It may be a week, it may be a year, it may be two years to get everthing done but we've all expressed our intentions. Let's go forward," Kuehne said.