Koch Industries, the owners of Flint Hills Resources refinery, is looking to expand operations onto a huge piece of property in Ingleside.
However, they want to get the land zoned for industrial use rather than commercial, and that may be a problem.
The property is located right across the street from the entrance to the old Naval Station Ingleside, but the property also sits across from Ingleside by the Bay. Residents of that community said they want to make sure there's a big enough buffer zone around the property.
Koch's request to rezone that area has been turned down because there is no precise word on how Koch plans to use the property.
"It's going to be something with petrochemicals, storage or something," Ingleside City Manager Jim Grey said. "One thing they did say at the meeting was that it would not be a refinery. They said their refinery setups are over in Corpus Christi, and that's where they intend to stay."
City Council will now hear the case on Oct. 8. They will look at the proposal and could end up okaying the zoning request. If that happens, the company will have to come back to the City with details on what they are planning to do.
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