Rezoning for new county jail approved by Anderson City Council

Mar. 15—ANDERSON — The Anderson City Council has approved a change in zoning for the construction of a new Madison County jail.

The city council Thursday passed the ordinance unanimously with no questions from the council or public comments for the rezoning of the former Meijer property on Broadway.

The final step is for the Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals to approve a special use for the property, expected at the April meeting.

The county is buying the property from Meijer at a cost of $795,000.

The county is planning to build a facility at a cost of $110.5 million to house 525 inmates and include the administrative offices for the Sheriff's Department.

Sanjay Patel, project manager with RQAW Architecture, previously said the main entrance to the facility will be off Broadway and the administrative offices will be facing to the east.

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The council approved the request to issue up to $1.7 million in tax increment financing bonds for the construction of a new facility for Perfecto Tool and Engineering.

Perfecto Tool and Engineering is planning to construct a $10 million facility on the former General Motors plant 10 site near 29th Street.

The property contains 9.8 acres and was cleaned off any hazardous materials over the past few years.

Perfecto Tool and Engineering does die casting and builds replacement parts, die cast dies and rebuilds die cast machinery.

Greg Winkler, executive director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, said Perfecto is planning a 60,000-square-foot building with room for future expansion to a 120,000-square-foot building if needed.

The company has been located in the 1100 block of West 53rd Street and has expanded at that site four times.

Winkler said the company currently employs 40 people with plans to add 25 jobs in the future.

Andy Skaggs, president of Perfecto, said he believes another company will purchase the property on West 53rd Street.

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