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Robert Andrews has long had a dream to build a multipurpose event facility in Shelby County.
With Triple S Planning Commission's approval of his development plan at Tuesday's special meeting, it seems Simpsonville could be the location where that dream comes true.
Six months ago Andrews, owner of Elegance, LLC., revealed his goal of building a 15,000-square-foot conference center in Shelbyville, but Tuesday he said the site has changed to Simpsonville to allow for bigger and better things.
The two-story Simpsonville Commerce Center, would be located on Aristocrat Court, property owned by Icon Properties, near Interstate 64.
To make this plan possible, the commission also approved an amended plat that would extend Aristocrat Court back and create space for the event center behind the Pilot Truck Stop.
The building would be 31,600 square feet - twice the size of the previously designed Shelbyville Conference Center.
"I moved the location to try to get closer to Louisville, and I wanted a little bit more ground to be able to have more outside activities and things of that nature," he said.
The activities accommodated by the center, which is equipped with a chapel room, would include ceremonies, receptions, parties and business meetings. It would be designed so that it could open to one large space or divide into separate smaller rooms, making it usable for many different size groups.
"Now we can have concerts and picnics, and people can have family reunions," he said. "There's a lot more that they'll be able to do."
Andrews told the commission that the facility could be opened up to hold 800 to 1,000 guests for an event.
Parking also nearly would double what the plan for Shelbyville had included (104 spaces), with 206 parking spaces.
More details will be forthcoming, he said, but the next step is to get the loan approved from the bank and talk with contractors. After that he plans to reveal the latest artwork to the people of Simpsonville.
Special meeting over Harley site
The next time the Triple S Planning Commission gets together it will be for another special meeting on Nov. 12: a public hearing on Shelby County Fiscal Court's recent request for zone changes relating to the space Harley- Davidson could occupy on Isaac Shelby Drive. This meeting will be held at Shelby County High School auditorium to allow for a larger audience.