The Richmond Register

October 2, 2013

Planning and Zoning commission approves emergency management center plans

By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer


On Sept. 26, Richmond’s planning and zoning commission unanimously approved a site development plan for a building addition to the Madison County Emergency Management Center, 560 South Keeneland Drive.

Emergency Management Agency Director Carl Richards said at a Sept. 17 work session the plan was to expand the facility in preparation for destruction of the chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot, and that the center was inadequately sized in its current state.

The expansion will add 13,000 feet to the center, nearly doubling the size of the existing structure. In addition, the building will be updated to the most current safety standards, Richards said.

The project is being funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security, and is estimated to cost more than $5 million.

Cingular Wireless tower plan approved

The commission also approved the construction of a telecommunications tower on South Killarney Lane.

David Pike, of the Pike Legal Group, said the tower will be a 120-foot unlit monopole that would allow AT&T and three other carriers to collocate in the area. Pike said the tower will be 680 feet from the nearest residential district and 740 feet from the nearest residential structure. If the company wants to add to the tower in the future, they will need to submit further plans to the commission, he said.

Seth Littrell can be reached at or 624-6623.