Tractor Supply Company was granted a special use variance by the City of Knox Board of Zoning Appeals Monday night. The company plans to occupy the portion of the building in the Knox Mall that formerly housed Alco. On a unanimous vote the board granted the variance so Tractor Supply Company could use outdoor storage and sales displays beyond what the current ordinance allows.
David Howicz, president of Legend Realty Services Inc., represented the company at the meeting and said the Tractor Supply Company would be adding 15,000 square feet of outside storage and sales displays on the south end of the building. Another 1,000 square feet will be used in front of the building, and 3,000 square feet will be used in the parking lot. Small pull behind trailers will be stored in the parking lot space. The 15,000 square feet will be fully paved and fenced in with a chain link fence.
Marcy Wood, vice president of CBRE Brokerage Services represented the Knox Mall at the public hearing.
No objections to the request were heard from the public. Former businessman Jerry Cole stated that he was pleased to see Tractor Supply Company come to the community. “I feel that it will benefit all of us, and be a real benefit to Knox,” he said. Attorney Steve Dodge also offered his support for the request.
Tractor Supply Company has stores in Plymouth, Valparaiso and La Porte in the immediate area.