The Gardner City Council vacated an alley Aug. 6 that will allow for a parking lot expansion for Bruce Funeral Home.
Council members were told that neighboring residents will still have access to the alley via an easement granted to the city.
The council in June approved a re-zoning request for the funeral home that includes the removal of two existing single residences and the addition of a 54-space parking lot and a three-car garage on Park Street.
That approval was subject to three conditions recommended by the planning commission involving landscaping and elevation issues.
Six of seven planning commissioners agreed to forward the re-zoning request and preliminary development plan to the city council for approval.
Commissioner Andy Copeland voted against approving the request.
City vacates alley for funeral home