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Builder mum on plan for facility

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One of the largest new buildings to be built in Greenwood in years could be used for distributing clothes, lumber or any number of products.

For now, no one is saying what will come and go from the building.

A Kentucky-based developer has filed plans with the city to build a 670,000-square-foot distribution center with enough parking for more than 500 cars and 40 semitrailers.

The one-story industrial building is planned for 44 acres in Southpoint Business Park, located northeast of the Interstate 65 exit at Main Street.

The distribution center will be similar in size to the nearby building where a Harley-Davidson merchandise distribution center is located, which is about 500,000 square feet, Greenwood planning director Bill Peeples said.

Documents that engineer American Structurepoint submitted to the city also include a plan with two somewhat smaller buildings added near the distribution center, but don’t include details, according to the papers.

The city doesn’t know the name of the company lined up to use the building, how the facility will be used or how it will be designed on the inside, Peeples said.

Developer Industrial Developments International of Crestview, Ky., has indicated it has someone interested in moving into the distribution center building but won’t say who, he said.

The developer also is submitting the building plans to the city in a way that hides the project details, Peeples said.

They are first submitting plans for constructing the shell of a building, with a promise of later filing plans for the interior, he said. The developer will have to describe the use of the facility when it comes back to the city to get a remodel permit for finishing the building.

The land is zoned light industrial, which allows for paper mills and manufacturing of lumber, food, tobacco or clothing products.

Industrial Developments International is putting a rush on the plans, saying they need to have the building ready for the tenant by October, Peeples said.

The city is accepting the hurry and mystery because it’s such a big project, he said.

“It’s a sizable investment in the city,” he said.

The company likely won’t get the necessary land alteration and building permits soon enough to start construction in the next four weeks, but that’s the developer’s goal, he said.

Representatives of property owner First Financial Bank, which is based in Cincinnati, and engineer American Structurepoint declined to answer questions about the project. First Financial Bank is selling the property but isn’t releasing details of the deal, senior vice president Raymond Beck said.

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