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October 22, 2012

Zoning change recommended by Planning Commission

KCEOC property on Mitchell and Bishop streets affected by action

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer

The Planning Commission of Corbin recommended the old hospital property now owned by KCEOC at Mitchell and Bishop streets be changed from Multi-Family Residential District (R-3) to Planned Unit Developments (PUD).

The action came at their regular meeting at Corbin City Hall, after a public hearing was held on the proposed zone change.

The change would allow KCEOC Housing Corporation II add two two-story buildings with four apartments and four businesses in each building. The proposal by KCEOC would also allow a third building to be constructed on the property that’s about less than six acres, in what they call “a campus-style effect, to compliment the building already there.”

That building already there is a two-story, 16-unit apartment complex for seniors aged 62 years or older that was built in 2011.

City Building Inspector Frank Burke told commissioners the zone change would allow business, like doctor’s offices, a laundromat, a convenience store, or a physical therapy store to be located in the buildings.

“It expands the use of the property. It would be businesses that would compliment the community, and the area around it,” Burke said.

“The first floor will be retail. The commercial side would face Mitchell Street. The back side would be residential, single-family units,” said Robert Byrge of Nicholasville, the architect for the project.

Concerns about what kind of business could possibly go in the planned buildings were addressed by a KCEOC representative and a commission member.

“We wouldn’t do anything that would be offensive to the community,” said Robert Hall, who is working with KCEOC on the project. The organization has on the drawing board eight more buildings on the site, which they say would be added in stages.

Planning Commission Chairman Don Robinson agreed. “I feel like we’ve got a reasonable safeguard, because we have permits to keep things that would be offensive out.”

Minutes later, commissioners recommended the zoning change, and changed accordingly on the zoning map. Those recommendations will now be passed on to the Corbin City Commission for further action.

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