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Zoning board says no to converting stables to reception hall

April 17, 2019 GMT

The stables that once held Pizza Hut mogul Richard “Dick” Freeland’s prize-winning Arabian horses won’t become a “high-end” reception hall after all.

Neighbors opposing that use prevailed this afternoon as the Allen County Board of Zoning Appeals turned down a proposal for a special use for the approximately 24-acre property at 10127 Kress Road in Lafayette Township.

Travis Platt of Roanoke and Robert “Hue” Anderson of Noblesville and their wives bought the property at auction for $675,000 in November 2018. They were mum about their plans then, but this year advanced a plan to turn the stables into a venue for weddings, receptions and corporate events.

The couples also planned to use a three-bedroom house for overnight accommodations for event guests.

But the more than two dozen nearby residents at today’s public hearing advanced objections.

They said the proposal represented an incompatible commercial use in an area zoned agricultural and single-family residential. The use, residents said, interfered with their enjoyment of their properties and posed dangers to event-goers.

A motion made by board member David Bailey to accept the special use proposal with additional conditions of not allowing outside amplified music and not permitting more than six guests in the house died for lack of a second.

Board member Susie Hoot’s motion to deny the special use was then approved by a 3 to 1 vote, with board President Thomas Black and member Heather Drebenstedt also voting to deny. Board member Ron Kohart was absent.

Board members gave no reasons why they voted against the proposal.   

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