With only three of five members present, the Commerce Planning Commission voted 2-1 Monday night to recommend that the city council approve a rezoning request that would allow the construction of 48 income-restricted senior apartments off State Street near the bypass.
Paladin, Inc. seeks rezoning from R-3 to R-4 for the project. The city council will act on the recommendation at its May 19 meeting at 6 p.m. at the Commerce Civic Center.
Chairman Joe Leffew seconded the motion by member Jimbo Stephenson to recommend approval — with conditions. Adam Fouche opposed it.
It was not a decision easily reached. During the presentation by Phil Ellen of Paladin, Leffew repeatedly insisted that Commerce is already overburdened with rental property and questioned whether Paladin could guarantee that a 55-over development would have no impact on the city school system.
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