September 16, 2014

Planning commission approves revised plan for funeral home

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Planning commissioners approved a revised final development plan for a garage and parking lot at Bruce Funeral Home on Nov. 19. Though work on the upgrades are almost complete, funeral home owner Shirley VanArsdale requested slight changes to the approved plans and needed a final approval before wrapping up the project. Initial plans for the garage required a railing be built across the south side of the building. The railing was to resemble a porch in order to better blend with the neighboring homes on Park Street. VanArsdale told commissioners that once completed, the railing looked “dorky.” Prior to granting a revised final development plan, planning staff asked that VanArsdale meet with neighbors to obtain permission to leave the railing off. VanArsdale presented signed statements from seven neighbors approving of the change, and staff recommended that the revisions be approved. In other business, planning commissioners: • approved a final development plan for a medical plaza that will be located east of Metcalf Bank on the northeast corner of Main Street and Moonlight Road. The 1.5-acre commercial development will include a 4,200-square-foot dentist office, a 3,000-square-foot future building and parking lots. • continued a public hearing to rezone 5.68 acres in the 1000 block of Santa Fe Street from C-3 commercial to MP-1 restricted industrial.

Improvements to Bruce Funeral Home are almost complete. Planning commissioners approved a revised final development plan last week. The upgrades include a parking lot and garage. Photo courtesy of Jerry Kellogg

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Planning commissioners approved a revised final development plan for a garage and parking lot at Bruce Funeral Home on Nov. 19.
Though work on the upgrades are almost complete, funeral home owner Shirley VanArsdale requested slight changes to the approved plans and needed a final approval before wrapping up the project.
Initial plans for the garage required a railing be built across the south side of the building. The railing was to resemble a porch in order to better blend with the neighboring homes on Park Street.
VanArsdale told commissioners that once completed, the railing looked “dorky.”
Prior to granting a revised final development plan, planning staff asked that VanArsdale meet with neighbors to obtain permission to leave the railing off.
VanArsdale presented signed statements from seven neighbors approving of the change, and staff recommended that the revisions be approved.
In other business, planning commissioners:
• approved a final development plan for a medical plaza that will be located east of Metcalf Bank on the northeast corner of Main Street and Moonlight Road. The 1.5-acre commercial development will include a 4,200-square-foot dentist office, a 3,000-square-foot future building and parking lots.
• continued a public hearing to rezone 5.68 acres in the 1000 block of Santa Fe Street from C-3 commercial to MP-1 restricted industrial.

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