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Rezoning plan for apartment building narrowly approved

OREGON – The City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to rezone property on the south side of town to allow a four-unit apartment building, 3 votes to 2.

“In our comprehensive plan, it does not call for multi-family there,” said Commissioner Ken Williams, one of the votes against rezoning the single-family site at 811 S. 10th St. “We have zoning set up for apartments. What is to keep the checkerboard from putting up more apartments?”

The planning commission unanimously recommended approving builder Joe Alfano’s request at its Aug. 19 meeting.

Alfano, who attended both meetings, said neighboring property owners had no objections to an apartment building on the property.

The current building is in rough shape and nearly 100 years old; he plans to start demolition as soon as the utilities are disconnected, and hopes to have the concrete foundation poured in October, he said.

Commissioner Tom Miller was the other no vote; Thomas Izer, Patrick Wiesner, and Mayor Tom Stone approved the rezoning.

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