Frankfort planning to annex land near I-65

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Four miles of farm fields separate Frankfort from Interstate 65, but the city between Indianapolis and Lafayette is preparing plans to one day sweep in property where the interstate crosses State Road 28.

City council members in Frankfort, home to a Frito-Lay plant that is the world’s largest salty snack food operation, might vote as soon as March on a comprehensive plan that includes annexing land near the interchange, said Mayor Don Stock.

First to be annexed would be the 1,000-acre industrial park west of the city where the Frito-Lay plant and 22 other companies operate, said Clinton County Chamber of Commerce President Gina Sheets.

A realistic time table for annexing the interchange area is 10 years, although the city might act sooner if interchange development quickens, Stock said.

The interchange has two gas stations and a parking lot for trucks. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealer in Lafayette has bought a plot on which to build a sales outlet, and St. Vincent Health, which operates a hospital in Frankfort, has bought 53 acres.

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