(La Porte, IN) - A fertilizer plant is another step closer to being approved in Kingsbury. The La Porte County Commissioners gave final approval yesterday to a zoning change. The proposed fertilizer processing facility at Kingsbury Elevator was rezoned from business to heavy industry.
Recently, the company received and stored nitrogen fertilizer despite not having all of the approvals. Company officials explained the order was placed in December because the project was expected to be approved in March. The anhydrous ammonia fertilizer was already being shipped when snags developed in the approvals process.
La Porte County Commission president Rich Mrozinski said final approval was needed now so the fertilizer can get to farmers before expiring. “After 14 days the chemicals become junk. That would place Kingsbury Elevator out of about a half million bucks. We can’t let that happen,” he said.
A special exception to the new zoning is still required because of the chemical involved in the proposed facility. The special exception is expected to be sought from the La Porte County Board of Zoning Appeals in the very near future.