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Council sets special session on Phelps rezoning

May 24, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - The Ishpeming City Council has set a a special meeting Friday morning to consider action on two controversial issues.

The special meeting will be at 9 a.m. in the Ishpeming City Hall conference room.

Included on the agenda is discussion of the rezoning of the property that contains the former C.L. Phelps Middle School building. The Ishpeming Public Schools had requested the zoning be changed from single-family residential to multiple-family residential to allow for more options in reuse of the building.

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Rezoning of the property that houses the former C.L. Phelps Middle School, shown above, is on the agenda of a special Ishpeming City Council meeting set for Friday morning. A downstate developer has proposed renovating the former school into low- and moderate-income housing. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)

The district recently approved a $200,000 purchase agreement for the building with G.A. Haan, a downstate development company that is interested in the building for a low- to-moderate-income apartment project using the state's low income housing tax credit.

One of the conditions for the sale moving forward is the change in the zoning, which has raised concern from neighboring residents who at previous meetings have expressed concern about increased crime and traffic.

The issue was addressed at this month's regular council meeting, but action on the rezoning was tabled until Friday's special meeting to give the council more time to gather information.

In addition to the Phelps rezoning issue, the council is also expected to decide whether to create a special assessment district to help cover the cost of certain road repairs with the owners of property on those streets. This issue was also tabled at the previous meeting to allow the city to take another look at the proposal.

On Friday's agenda is a resolution to begin the process of setting up a special assessment district, which is one of several steps required to actually levying the assessment.

In addition, the council is also scheduled to declare several pieces of Department of Public Works equipment as surplus.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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