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Events center to expand
Commission OKs residential permit for facility
deutsch events center
The Barton County Commission Tuesday morning approved a conditional land use permit for Randy and Debbie Deutsch for their events center northeast of Great Bend.

Tuesday morning, the Barton County Commission approved a conditional land use permit for Randy and Debbie Deutsch for property five miles northeast of Great Bend.

The Deutsches requested the permit to reside at a property that was rezoned and conditionally permitted for their event center in December 2019, Environmental Manager Judy Goreham said. It is located on an approximate 15-acre tract 464 NE 20 Avenue. 

On May 11, the Planning Commission recommended commissioners approve the conditional land permit.  

The Deutsches operate their Cornerstone Interiors and the new center. The facility is dubbed Corinthian Hills.

“They had some life changes happen to them in the year and a half, and decided it was better to live out at that property as well,” Goreham said. When a site is rezoned to light manufacturing service commercial district, and someone wants to live there, it requires a conditional use permit. 

Debbie started in April to go through the public hearing the approval process through the Planning Commissioner. “So today I’m here to ask you to uphold the recommendation of the Planning Commission to approve her request to use that property as a residential use as well,” she said.

“We had no landowners within 1,000 feet make any comments,” she said. And, there was nobody present at the meeting.

“I feel like she’s done a really good job in the year and a half she was there,” Goreham said. “She runs up real nice operation.”

The property was once a residence, but the Deutsches have turned the majority of the main building, the main floor of the original home, into part of an event center. The offices are upstairs and Debbie’s drapery business is in the basement.

They will be living on the main floor where there is still a kitchen that one bedroom, she said.

As a side note, Goreham said the Deutsches have gotten a permit to build a second, large events building on the land. “That will be real nice addition as well.”

In November 2019, Matt and Tami Dykes requested the rezoning of the tract from agricultural district to light manufacturing service commercial district. This is so they can sell property to the Deutsches who eventually moved their business from Main Street in Great Bend to the location.

As a follow-up to this change, the county commission OKed the conditional land use permit application for the operation of the center at the site.