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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Council denies rezone for apartment plan
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Staff Photo by Ken Bradley: Rocky Mount Town Council denied a rezoning request to allow three apartments in this house at 85 Claiborne Avenue.

Monday, March 18, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A request by a Rocky Mount couple to rezone property at 85 Claiborne Avenue to allow for three apartments in a single house was denied last week by town council by a vote of 5-1.

The vote by council followed a public hearing, where two town residents spoke in opposition to the rezoning request.

The property at 85 Claiborne Avenue was recently purchased by Larry and Glenna Moore.

During the public hearing, Lynn Matherly, who resides at 65 Claiborne Avenue, said he is concerned about the parking problem the three apartments would cause.

"My concern is parking on Noell Street at the back of Claiborne, which is narrow," said Matherly. "It (more vehicles) would prevent fire trucks from using the street and it will be a dangerous situation."

David Phillips, a resident of 133 Claiborne Avenue, also said he opposed the rezone.

Phillips said the street is heavily traveled and three apartments at 85 Claiborne would add to the congestion. It will also create a parking problem, he added.

Larry Moore responded by saying that the conversion of the house into three apartments would not be an eyesore. And there would be room enough for six parking spaces at the rear of the property. If there is not sufficient space, Moore said he would consider tearing down a garage on the property to allow for more parking.

The motion to deny the Moores' request for the rezone was made by Jerry Greer and seconded by Bobby Cundiff. Billie Wayne Stockton cast the dissenting vote.

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