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Ordinance Committee Favors Benchmark Senior Living Plans

According to the Daily Times Chronicle, the City Council's Ordinance Committee recently endorsed the controversial zoning change.

The proposal has been a hot button issue throughout the city.
The proposal has been a hot button issue throughout the city.
The Benchmark Senior Living proposal on Salem Street and Washington Street has been controversial among residents, with voices on each side speaking during a November City Council meeting.

But according to a report in the Daily Times Chronicle, there has not yet been any controversy among City Council members.

The newspaper reported that during a recent meeting, the City Council's Ordinance Committee unanimously passed two petitions that would help Benchmark in its effort to successfully rezone the area from residential to R-3 in order to build a $26 million facility.

"From my perspective, it's time for us to move on this," said Ward 5 Alderman Darlene Mercer-Bruen, according to the Daily Times Chronicle. "My hope is that in the long run, when you see this come to fruition, this can be something we're proud of."

Before the project can move forward, it will need to be approved by the full City Council.

Click here to read the Daily Times Chronicle report in its entirety.
Mike Sciee December 13, 2013 at 07:57 AM
Not sure why we have zoning laws, seems like our city council keeps approving changes in favor of development, causing more traffic and congestion. Great Job!!!
Roth Gill December 13, 2013 at 06:06 PM
"From my perspective, it's time for us to move on this," said Ward 5 Alderman Darlene Mercer-Bruen. Darlene, you were just recently elected to represent the PEOPLE of your ward. You should be voting for the will of the people. From MY perspective, you should be listening to the people of your ward. I saw your speech during the recent election and thought you came across as a very smart and well spoken person. Please use your voice to stand up whats right for the people, and not the developer. I'm sure they'll find another area to build their project.

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