Hog station, Uhaul proposal on P&Z agenda

The Marshalltown Planning & Zoning Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in city council chambers, 10 W. State St., to discuss two applications.

The meeting is open to the public.

An Ellsworth-based hog-buying business has requested the Marshalltown Planning & Zoning Commission to rezone property at the northeast quadrant of the intersection of North 18th Avenue and East Main Street.

Parks of Iowa, LC is proposing to work with the local JBS to buy rejected hogs.

The business wants to use the site to construct a hog-buying station, according to a letter it submitted in May to Marshalltown Housing and Community Development Director Michelle Spohnheimer.

The company is requesting the parcel remain classified as agricultural and not as heavy industrial. The property is in city limits.

The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA has owned the 24.5 acre site since 1999, and has agreed to sell the site to the company, said Marshalltown Y Chief Executive Officer Carol Hibbs.

Additionally, AMERCO Real Estate Co. (U-Haul) has submitted an application to amend zoning requirements at the former K-Mart property, 1720 S. Center St.

Planning & Zoning Commission members are appointed by the mayor. They are Keith Bloomquist, Chairman Jon Boston, Matt Brodin, Michele Buzbee, Laura Eilers, Steve Valbrecht and Jonelle Wittkop.