A new indoor athletic facility near Inman came closer to reality this week.

A new indoor athletic facility near Inman came closer to reality this week.
365 Sport Complex and Training Facility’s owners came before the McPherson County Planning Commission Monday seeking a special-use permit for its new center off Old Highway 61 near Inman. The facility will be 14,400 square feet and include a 98-foot by 90-foot turf field, a golf simulator and a conference room.
Jon and Amber Brown are the applicants on the project.
The center will have an indoor turf surface on which baseball, softball, soccer or football could be played.
Project developers hope the center will be a place where teams and individual athletes can practice during inclement weather. Representatives of the project told the commission they may open the facility for special events, such as birthday parties or coaches’ clinics.
The planning board also approved conditions that would allow the facility to have retail sales of sports-related merchandise and snack vending on the property.
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the case at the hearing Monday.
The planning board recommended the McPherson County Commission approve the facility’s special-use permit. The case will likely come before the county commission on Feb. 10.
Representatives for the center also appeared Tuesday before the Inman City Council, which gave its OK to a plat for the facility, which was a condition for the county’s approval of the project.
The groundbreaking for the complex was Nov. 18. Developers hope to open the complex by March 1.

Cox Communications
Cox Communications requested a special-use permit to construct a substation at Limestone Road and U.S. Highway 56.
The land is owned by Vanguard Wireless, which has a communications tower on the property.
Cox wants to install a concrete pad with generators, which would be used in case of power outages.
During research on the property, county planning officials found a permit was never issued for the tower when it was built in 1968, so a special-use permit was considered for the tower at the same time as the Cox substation. The Vanguard tower will be grandfathered in, but if any new equipment is installed or if the tower has to be rebuilt, the new structure would have to meet modern planning guidelines.
Because the substation will be within a distance equal to the height of the tower, Cox will not be allowed to have any habitable structures on the site. No Cox employees will work regularly at the site.
One neighbor expressed concern at the planning meeting about noise the generators might make. Cox said it would install hospital-grade mufflers on the generators.
County planning director Kenneth Cook also noted the generators only will run during maintenance tests and power outages.
The board recommended the case for approval. The case likely will come before the county commission on Feb. 10.

Other business
In other business, the board of zoning appeals:

Approved a conditional-use and variance request for signage for Hospira on its property on Centennial Road in McPherson. No one spoke against the requests.Approved a conditional-use request for Marcia Ade for an accessory apartment west of Roxbury. No one spoke against the request.