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'169 <br /> <br /> On motion by Mr. Towe, seconded by Mr. Vandever, <br />Council unanimously voted to waive the fees for the circus <br />sponsored by the Jaycees on August 24th and 25th. <br /> <br />PRESENTATION: JOSEPH RHAMES - WOOLEN MILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION <br /> <br /> Mr. Joseph Rhames gave a slide presentation of the <br />Woolen Mills neighborhood showing buildings on the National <br />Registry~ other restored buildings, narrow streets, and the <br />sewage pumping station. Mr. Rhames stated that the <br />neighborhood was requesting that Council give consideration <br />to the following: 1) Placing the Woolen Mills Chapel and <br />Branham House (1512 E. Market St.) under the Board of <br />Architectural Review. Mr. Thames noted that the owner of <br />the Branham HOuse would probably oppose this action. <br />2) Rezoning the remaining M-2 land to residential, changing <br />the R-2 land to R-l, and putting duplexes under site plan <br />review. 3) Improving Broadway and Carlton Avenue to make <br />them more usable to the industrial traffic on the south side <br />of the tracks, closing Franklin Street to through traffic, <br />and adding sidewalks on E. Market St. 4) Reducing the <br />noise and screening both the park and street side of the <br />pump house. 5) Conduct a study of the Woolen Mills <br />neighborhood. Mro Rhames stated that many residents are <br />concerned about increased business and low income houses. <br /> <br /> Ms. Waters stated that she felt the Woolen Mills <br />is a rich neighborhood in a number of regards, but'she was <br />also aware of its vulnerability. Ms. Waters stated that she <br />understood that the Planning Commission would be looking <br />into t~he land use of the area as part of the update of the <br />City's Comprehensive Plan. <br /> <br /> Responding to a question from Ms. Waters, Mr. Rhames <br />stated that the odor at the Pump House was a. frequent <br />problem. <br /> <br /> Ms. Waters stated that she would not favor conducting a <br />major study of the Woolen Mills neighborhood at this time <br />because three neighborhood studies are currently before <br />Council, or soon to come to Council. -Ms. Waters stated that <br />she would prefer to address the specific issues raised by <br />the neighborhood. <br /> <br /> Mr. Hendrix stated that staff would provide Council and <br />the neighborhood with a report on the first four issues <br />discussed by Mr. Rhames by the first meeting in September. <br /> <br /> Mr, Vande~er asked Mr, Rhames if a majority of <br />landowners were supportive of downzoning. <br /> <br /> Mr. Rhames replied that he did not know the amount of <br />support, but recommended that a committee be formed to <br />discuss the issue with members from the business and <br />neighborhood community. <br /> <br /> Mr. Hendrix'-stated that staff's report will discuss the <br />general issue of downzoning and the amount of M'I and M-2 <br />land in the Woolen Mills. <br /> <br /> Ms. Waters requested that the report ~also include the <br />amount of vacant land in the WoOlen Mills° <br /> <br /> Rev. Edwards asked Mr, Rhames what he would like to see <br />come out of a neighborhood~study, and Mr, Rhames replied <br />that he would like to know the exact mix of owner versus <br />rental residential property and business property. <br /> <br /> Mr. John J. Tornatore, III of 24 Franklin Street, and <br />owner of Helen and John's Grocery, stated that taking away <br />Franklin Street as a direct route would ~affect his business. <br />Mr. Tornatore stated that he was also concerned with the <br /> <br /> <br />
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