Avon Board of Zoning appeals tables Rural King variance requests

The farm and home store is planning to open a location here at 7508 Beechwood Centre Road (the former Gerdt Furniture store and Cub Foods). Photo by Rick Myers

By Peg McRoy Glover

The Avon Board of Zoning Appeals heard variance requests from Rural King at its monthly meeting Jan. 21. The farm and home store is planning to open a location at 7508 Beechwood Centre Road and seeking these variances to maintain its business model. 

Rural King is seeking variances regarding outdoor sales of tractors and trailers, outdoor displays, storage, and temporary seasonal sales and displays. 

One hour before the meeting started, Rural King sent new information to the town’s planning consultant, K.K. Gerhart-Fritz, so the board continued the hearing until its next meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Avon Town Hall, 6570 E. U.S. 36, Avon.  

Prior to the meeting, staff recommendations to the board were to deny all variances.

“Rural King is excited and wants to be in Avon, and we want to do it the right way,” said Ryan Secord, who represents Rural King. 

Gerhart-Fritz said the new information includes new landscaping and traffic pattern plans, and the Town of Avon staff needs time to review these plans.  

Brock Ashley, who also represents Rural King, said that the plans demonstrate the company’s good faith by responding and adjusting to recommendations from Gerhart-Fritz.