(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council turned down a request by Plummer Investments Inc. to rezone a lot of land from High Density Single Family to C-1 Highway Commercial. The property lies on the southwest corner of Olive and 7th Street. John Lund, Atlantic City Zoning Administrator says the change would’ve allowed them to build up to a 1700-square office building or Doctors Office, or something of that sort.
During the public hearing Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones says in the early ‘80’s Quick tried to come to town and rezone the lot across the Street.
“The entire neighborhood went up in arms and protested to city hall not to rezone that block commercial, so there is some history here,” stated Jones. “He said the residents didn’t want to have a bunch of traffic in the residential area.”
City Council person Linda Hartkoph says cited the only entrance to the lot would be the alley to the west.
Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the comprehensive plan leans towards single family.
“I would be reluctant to rezone it unless they had more specific plans showing that it would be beneficial to the neighborhood,” said Harris. “This is kind of a “pig and a poke.”
Doug Reideman, the property owner’s realtor stated that Plummer Investments Inc. also owned the property adjacent to the west which would solve the parking issue. Reideman says the owner planned on tearing the structure down.
Plummer originally received a general maintenance code about painting the existing house that is on that lot. He stated that it would to be too expensive and preferred to demolish the house and rezone the lot.
The council turned down the request to rezone the property by a 7-0 vote.
January 22, 2014