A proposal that would turn a Main Street business into a combination storefront and apartment building was proposed at Monday’s City Council Committee on Ordinances meeting.
Developers pitched the idea of rezoning the area of 508 Main Street and nearby Hovey Street. The change would turn the Main Street property into a combined business and residential building.
According to the plan laid out by developers, the building that includes Careway Wellness Center would be built up by several feet to include two floors of apartments with 12 rooms on each floor.
In addition, in the middle of the property, covered parking spaces would be added. In total, 42 parking spaces would be added with the two floors of apartments above them.
Not everyone in attendance was a fan of the presentation, however. Two abutters voiced strong concerns with what the project would mean for their own property.
Among the concerns was the narrow road on Hovey Street, possible blasting damaging their home’s foundation, and safety concerns with cars coming in and out of the apartment’s parking lot.
Discussion was heated from the audience at times, with one resident asking the planners to think with their brains instead of their pocketbooks. The meeting concluded with the two residents agreeing to meet in the near future with developers.