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Montopolis upzone request postponed

Monday, November 20, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

At its Nov. 14 meeting, the Planning Commission voted to postpone a request to rezone a property at 2404 Thrasher Lane from Commercial to Urban Family Residence and also to amend the neighborhood plan accordingly. Agent Jim Wittliff said that if the zoning change did not go through, owner Vahonia Realty would have to build storage units to comply with the current zoning. The property happens to be next door to Fred McGhee, the founding president of the Montopolis Neighborhood Association, who spoke against the request at the meeting. “Really, this is a simple case,” McGhee said. “Will you allow (the owner) who occupies property and lives in homesteads in one of the richest parts of our city to come to the poorest part of our city and basically maximize his profits at the expense of our quality of life and neighborhood character?” The request will be heard again at the Dec. 12 Planning Commission meeting.

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