2 Sumter businesses will move and rebuild

Commission recommends approval for Sumter Casket Co., McLaughlin Ford plans

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 3/30/18

Sumter City-County Planning Commission recommended approval of two major site plans for Sumter Casket Co. and McLaughlin Ford as both businesses prepare to relocate and rebuild.

Sumter County Council approved the sale of 15 acres of county-owned …

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2 Sumter businesses will move and rebuild

Commission recommends approval for Sumter Casket Co., McLaughlin Ford plans

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Sumter City-County Planning Commission recommended approval of two major site plans for Sumter Casket Co. and McLaughlin Ford as both businesses prepare to relocate and rebuild.

Sumter County Council approved the sale of 15 acres of county-owned land on North Wise Drive to Sumter Casket Co. in April where the business will build a new facility after the previous building on South Magnolia Street was destroyed during a fire in July 2016.

The new building - a 32,600-square-foot structure that will house an office, manufacturing, painting and manufacturing facilities - will be on a 15-acre parcel at 1400 N. Wise Drive, near Caterpillar Inc. and Sumter Easy Home in Black River Industrial Park.

The move for McLaughlin Ford is one that was foreseen as Sumter County works to finish the final 2008 Capital Penny Sales Tax project, the Lafayette Diamond, to reconstruct the intersection of North Main Street, the U.S. 76/378 bypass and other connecting roads.

McLaughlin Ford is located at the corner of North Main Street and South Pike West and will relocate to an 11.18-acre parcel at 2665 Broad St., between Tractor Supply Co. and SpringHill Suites.

The new lot will include a 37,000-square-foot dealership building with 381 parking spaces for vehicle inventory.

Aman to Tiger Lily Road

Planning commission recommended approval of a petition to change the name of Aman Road to Tiger Lily Road.

A staff report states that a 520-foot portion of the road in Sumter County is named Aman Road while the majority of the road, in Lee County, is called Tiger Lily Road.

Aman Road serves as access to one single-family home and one business in Sumter, and those property owners already use Tiger Lily Road as their address.

Rezoning property for

future development

The request to rezone 9.5 acres at 1501 Camden Highway from agricultural conservation to general commercial is expected to promote future commercial and multi-family uses about half a mile from where multiple businesses such as Walmart Supercenter and Lowe's already exist.

According to staff reports, the applicant's possible plans for the property include the development of a gas station and convenience store, professional offices and apartments.

The applicant also intends to request that the land be annexed into the city if the request is approved by county council.

Feather flag discussion deferred

Planning commission will continue its discussion about allowing businesses to display feather flags, in the county only, during its next meeting in April after members expressed concern about letting business owners display the flags on a permanent basis.

Commission members Todd Champion said allowing businesses to display feather flags permanently could add clutter along the roadways leading into Sumter.

Members suggested that business owners be required to get a permit before displaying feather signs and that a limit be set on how long the signs can be displayed.

Sumter City-County Planning Commission reviews rezoning requests, ordinance amendments and development plans and recommends approval or denial for Sumter city and county councils. The councils can vote in favor or opposition of the commission's recommendation.