Ordinance allowing downtown apartments passes final reading

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM.

“I don’t know how much good moving the entrance 100 feet is going to do,” Mayor Linda Cain said, referring to traffic congestion at the intersection of Brickyard Road and Highway 77, which makes entry to the McDonald’s difficult during the daytime and early evening hours.

“Any little bit will help,” Miner said.

The council also approved an ordinance to allow residential occupancy of buildings in the downtown area. Currently, owners of buildings are allowed to live in their properties downtown, but they cannot rent out the upstairs areas for residency. With the new ordinance, owners will be able to rent out apartments in their buildings, as long as the apartments meet the city’s building codes.

The council held a public hearing prior to the second and final reading of the ordinance allowing apartments in the city’s historical commercial land use district, but no comments were made by the public objecting to the ordinance.

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