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MOR/ryde Expansion in Elkhart Gets Approval

After months of debates about noise issues, property values and proper land use, a manufacturing company northeast of Elkhart, Ind., will be allowed to expand one of its three plants between an elementary school and a group of residential subdivisions.

The Elkhart Truth reported that MOR/ryde International has been cleared to rezone 12 acres west of C.R. 15 as an extension of its Cooper Drive facility, but opponents of the project did not go down without a fight. Close to 100 people on both sides of the issue showed up Monday (May 20) to a public hearing on the company’s rezoning request in front of the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners.

It came down to a split vote between two of the commissioners, Frank Lucchese who voted against the rezoning project and Mike Yoder who voted in favor of MOR/ryde’s request. Terry Rodino, president of the county commissioners, recused himself from the public hearing because MOR/ryde is a personal business customer of his.

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